A moment of silence as I allow you all to Google Joon Guillen, aka Modulogeek, aka the guy who shows up to gigs carrying musical apparatuses1 I’d never in a million years learn to play. Google him slowly and Google him well, because chances are – if you don’t know him personally through the Attraction! Reaction! / Number Line circuit2 – you’ve probably never heard of him. And that’s a crying, bawling, ~caterwauling shame.
Modulogeek’s who3 I consider the other Chemical Brother, or the unsung Aphex Triplet Adopted From The Philippines. Armed with a Monome controller4 and movie samples in lieu of lead vocals, he creates electronic music to which robot children are conceived5. So here are ten reasons why I consider Modulogeek my favorite musical act for 2013:
- Apol should’ve been my favorite, but I didn’t exactly get his album.
A bunch of music authorities – Diego Mapa included – genuinely liked it. But parang hindi pa ako ganun ka-art6? I’m sorry???
- The people you ride the shuttle with wouldn’t know him.
You won’t hear his songs played ad nauseam by all these phone-speaker music aficionados populating our local commute. Let them have their Titanium + mutant baby remixes thereof. You don’t need them7.
- No lyrics, no forced memorizations.
His gigs are ones you can comfortably chug beer to without missing the birit parts. You can still sing along to the samples, anyway. Check out An Android’s Lament, and chant “I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered” to your robotic heart’s content.
- He’s easy to draw.
People I can caricature, I generally like better than those I can’t8. I especially prefer those I can doodle and caption “(Doodlee Name) x Pilar Collab” for, yknow, art scene involvement. Baybeats even says he looks like Craft Spells’ Justin Vallesteros – AND I DISAGREE. Baka Justin Vallesteros looks like Modulogeek!???!!! Joon was born first, giving him first dibs on his face.
- His music’s free!
Never believe those who “stick it to the man9” and “aren’t in it for the money” unless they actually refrain from monetary demands. That said, with Modulogeek being an independently-managed geek, donations are always welcome!
- He has a day job while at it.
A full-time nerd, this one. Joon handles IT duties for a Hong Kong company, has a family10 based here in Manila, commits to a coupla international gigs from time to time, and consider me very very interested in how you’d define your “busy life.”
- Apol designed his Soundcloud userpic.
Aside from his obviously impressive taste in music, apparently he has remarkable taste in art as well.
- According to this article I’ve sorta committed to creating his next album artwork
How does a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band-inspired cover sound? Featuring Nsync and other 90s-00s greats? If yes: ignore this blog post, if no: Instagram-video yourself twerking and tag me.
- He thrives on doing things live.
No, friends, he’s as far from Angel Locsin on ASAP as possible. I dareya to catch him fingersyncing11. I doubledareya. He’s such a nerd12 that he even hesitates to perform my personal favorite, No Laughing Matter13, since he feels he “isn’t doing anything.” See this video for an utterly complicated take on nothing-doing:
- And finally, he took us to Singapore for Baybeats!
Yes, friends. This is both a Modulogeek appreciation post and my maiden SG2013 entry. Mabuhay si Modulogeek, lah!
1 “Instruments” is too common a word for their complex nature.
2 If you do know him personally through the Attraction! Reaction! / Number Line circuit, I’ve a good chance at knowing you as well. Hello and seeya at Apol & Rob’s Secret Exhibit (shhhh) which doubles as my birthday celebration!
3 Whom? Grrr I hate grammar.
4 Copy-pasted this one, I’ve no idea what I’m talking about.
5 Don’t tell me you can’t sniff the trampy digital innuendos off each Bleep.
6 Although, I do provide vocals for track 12 – May Ligayang Pasko (Christmas)
7 Can you even imagine the all the Pitchforky cool points you score when you say “Modulogeek” instead of “David Guetta” to anyone who asks????????
8 Diba, mas maganda ang karakter inside and out?????
9 With emboldened panipi for extra emphasis.
10 Inclusive of an adorable Modulokid named after a Joss Whedon character.
11 Ano ba ang Monome counterpart ng lipsync, care to share?
12 Sorry, O Captain Our Captain of Team Bahopants
13 Second favorite’s The Tail of Mr. Fox!