Betawave X - The GETAWAY

     It's at the end of the infamous Summer of Virgo; the monsoons  -exhausted of their reservoir- have seemingly cooled the heated relations between shopkeepers and landlords.  Trade routes have been relatively cleared of extortionist mobs and petty two-bit hustlers.  While not exactly having been guaranteed 100% safe passage, the duo of Le Pontiac and Kidlat!, together as  Betawave X, decide it is time to finally embark on their long-anticipated coast-to-coast Anthro-Kinetics study tour.

     The ICS-commissioned Anthro-Kinetics Research Society have sponsored Betawave X to take on this cross-cultural immersion tour to gather more data on human rhythmic patterns and behavioral wave-generation, always in light of their on-going studies in Internal Circuitry.  

     J. Le Pontiac Gonzales reports, "Our research will be tackling such inquiries as what propels; what steers human dynamics beyond the usual notions of need and survival".   S. Kidlat! Ocampo adds, "...from great mass migrations to the blinking of one's eye, we want to find out what moves us".


the S. Kidlat! Ocampo Songbook

     As Betawave X forges ahead with their Ghetto Space Music project, the ICS Grants and Commissions Board counsels Kidlat! -on the strength of his undergraduate dissertation- to propose and submit a collection of works to the District Municipal Hall for public dissemination and archiving.

     Ocampo dutifully responds by offering this seven-piece songbook entitled fittingly: Ghetto Hymns for the Earthbound and Weary;  an unmistakeable double-action petition for self-upliftment and steadfastness, and at the same time an invocation for sweet deliverance and repose.  It embodies a spirit of hope - not one of passive longing but of a proactive and dynamic aspiration.

     "The songs themselves are strong statements on their own," reports Cultural Presinct Head Librarian  M.L. Sian,  "There is a clear call for new and different ways of perception, but presented in a language accessible to all".  Post Office Damaged Parcels Clerk, Totoy Monteiro, assents, "...this is some funky shit I ain't never heard before!".  As unadorned yet wonderfully vibrant as the songbook cover, the music is of an uncluttered -and thus unfettered- exuberance.

     "These works will serve as valuable contributions to our burgeoning culture and society," states A. Cobarubia of the ICS Board, "The Betawave ethos of glad-hearted self-cultivation is a timely -and timeless- axiom that we would all do well to live by."



     In conjunction with their Internal Circuitry Studies (ICS) Electroacoustic Practicum, Kidlat! and Le Pontiac, together as Betawave X, set to work on a series of psycho-electrosonic research tests, the initial results of which have subsequently formed the backbone and foundation for their Ghetto Space Music project.

     Deemed as relevant and significant research findings of our century, the ICS board has commissioned the release and subsidization of the Ghetto Space Music (GSM) series for public circulation and broadcast.  Primarily distributed -but not limited to- public libraries, city hall archives and shortwave radio, ICS continues to solicit support and funding from both public and private sectors for sustained dissemination of the GSM anthology.

     In their project report, Betawave X elaborates, "GHETTO is about economy of resources, austerity of needs, and succeeding amidst meager conditions.  It alludes to making the most out of the least; a form of transmolecular distillation in search of the underlying essenceSPACE is about the individual SPACE that we occupy, both external and, more importantly, internal. Rather than stars and planets, our studies deal with intimately cellular and metaphysical SPACE. And finally there's's simply about the joy and harmony that holds all things together."

     "With the first volume, we maintain the basic approach of extracting the fullest expression possible with the least amount of components; operating under the premise that the inner nucleus, free of clutter and superfluous adornments, is allowed to radiate further with a more defined and clear-cut design."

SideA - Tensor Slamp by BETAWAVE X

SideB - Correctional Facilities by BETAWAVE X