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    • Call for Papers

      Call for Papers

      The UP Center for Ethnomusicology invites scholars, thinkers and music practitioners to submit scientific papers or critical essays on the theme Music and Movement*. MUSIKA JORNAL is a refereed scholarly periodical prepared by an Editorial Board comprised of faculty members and researchers from the College of Music, College of Arts and Letters and other units of …
    • Musika Jornal 10

      Musika Jornal 10

      Musika Jornal 10 : The Filipino Composer in the Milieu of Modernity, is now available for purchase at the UP Center for Ethnomusicology. To see more details, you may see the preview thru the following page:
    • UPCE Archive Visit

      UPCE Archive Visit

      The UP Center for Ethnomusicology recently conducted its staff enrichment, training, and development program by visiting various libraries and archives around Metro. The one day trip was organized for the staff to observe the preservation, digitization and other practices of the other institutions; compare them to the processes the Center has; and identify what may …
From our Collection

The following tracks are short clips from published audio recordings which are available for room use in our Library. The CD Nostalgia in a Denuded Rainforest, is also available for purchase in our office. To know more, please Contact Us.

Forum neuer musik 2015: Jose Maceda Suling-Suling
From the CD: Atelier neuer musik : forum neuer musik 2015: Jose Maceda Suling-Suling / Jose Maceda
Dr. Jose Maceda’s composition titled “Suling-Suling”
Studierende und Musikschuler aus Wuppertal und Rostock Leitung: Christian Roderburg
Köln [Germany] : Deutschlandfunk Programmservice, 2015

“Suling-Suling (1984) — Jose Maceda. Ten Indonesian flutes with different tunings are treated as a unit spectrum with pitches becoming accessories rather than principal entities to the total picture consisting of two other sound colors–buzzers with short decays and gongs with long and short decays.” (Excerpt from “Evening Concerts of the University Composers Forum on Asian Traditional Music, program notes”)


Bulaklakan songs rendered by young girls from Baclayan
Track 19 from the CD: Nostalgia in a Denuded Rainforest : Iraya-Mangyan Music from Mindoro, Philippines
Recordings and annotations by Jonas Baes
Quezon City: College of Music, University of the Philippines, 1984

“The bulaklakan are actually metaphorical texts used in communicating secret messages by young messages by young couples who wished to elope. Aside from being sung, these texts are also uttered in jew’s harps (subing), by which these secret messages could be communicated more effectively, with the least suspicion from parents of the young couple”. (Excerpt from annotations of Dr. Jonas Baes in CD insert)


Track 14 from the CD: Hanunoo Music from the Philippines
Recorded by Harold C. Conklin
Washington DC: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, c1955

“Daily food getting and other essential economic activities involve foot travel to and from swiddens, forests, streams, and neighboring settlements. Except during the rice and maize growing season when destructive environmental spirits might be attracted to the maturing crops — certain instruments are played while hiking. Young men often practice on their gitgit fiddles and women hikers of all ages carry sticks known as kalutang.” (Excerpt from Hanunoo Music from the Philippines cassette insert by Harold C. Conklin)


Featured Library Acquisitions (July 2015)

New titles in the UPCE library. Available for room use.

  • Mga Katutubong Awiting Pangasinan : Cancansion na Pangasinan / Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino
  • Tie a String Around the World : the Philippine Pavilion, Biennale Arte 2015 / Ed.: Patrick D. Flores
  • Forum Neuer Musik, 17-19 April 2015 / Deutschlandfunk
  • Forum Neuer Musik 2015 : Jose Maceda: Suling-Suling / Deutchlandradio

Click on the thumbnail to view a book’s full bibliographic catalog through the UP Diliman iLib.

Mga Katutubong Awiting Pangasinan

Tie a String Around the World : The Philippine Pavilion, Biennale Arte 2015

Forum Neuer Musik 17-19 April 2015

Forum Neuer Musik 2015 : Jose Maceda: Suling-Suling






Featured Publications

For orders, please feel free to visit us at the UP Center for Ethnomusicology office, or contact us via our Contact Us page.

Click on the thumbnails to see more details about each publication.


Ugnayan – Jose Maceda
Audio CD


Dictionary of Filipino Musical Terms


Laon-Laon : perspectives in transmission and pedagogy of musical traditions in post-colonial Southeast Asia


Musika Jornal 9: Gongs and Bamboo: selected papers from the First International Gongs and Bamboo Music Festival