This acousmatic work can exist independently or as an element within a modular project involving two other works: “Pagkukumahog” (Urgency) for solo piano, and “Sa Paglilok ng Batong Hindi Nakikita” (In Sculpting an Invisible Rock) for octet. As sound materials are continually ripped apart throughout time, this work responds against the deliberate historical revisionism involving narratives surrounding the brutal dictatorship of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos. As endorsed by the state, his burial at the Cemetery of Heroes on November 2016 signifies a climactic point within the current political upheaval and Philippine society’s celebration of impunity and collective amnesia. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s “Le Petit Prince” offers a fitting parallel response to such a scenario in the form of a sunset, evoking both a constant cycle of sorrow for its observer and an epiphany that absurdly longs and anticipates its occurrence.
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