Caliph8, a.k.a. Arvin Nogueras, is a beat smith, graffiti purveyor, and soothsayer. For more than a decade now, he has been active in the music scene, the local hip-hop culture in particular. A graduate of the UP College of Fine Arts, his interests and activities also extend to the visual arts—celebrating hip-hop culture traditions by merging his influences with other art forms. As a sound collagist and vinyl archeologist, he has a background in true school hip-hop, funk, soul, break beats, rare grooves, exotica, kraut rock, jazz, and psychedelia. His audio production process entails a lot of note sampling, rhythm and texture manipulation, sequencing and drum programming. He is a founding member of the leftfield hip-hop collective A.M.P.O.N., electronica outfit Drip, and was part of Downearf back in 1997. He is also a member of the Gangan Orchestra (composed of 16 of the best local improvising sound artists, electronic DJs and musicians). Caliph8 has also collaborated with Rubber Inc, MoonFearMoon, Inconnu Ictu, Aurora Borealis, Nyabinghi, Blender, Lirio of Elemento, Je Bautista of Betrayed and Ugong. He has also done live film scoring excursions such as Golem with Drip, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (in collaboration with electronica duo Rubber Inc and Blums Borres), and the 1926 animated silent film Die Abenteur des Prinzen Achmed (The Adventures of Prince Achmed) for the Goethe Institut with Drip. Recently he scored the epic Italian silent film La Cabiria with Matt Deegan on upright bass and Malek Lopez on synthesizers. Caliph8 has also performed for the National Commission for the Arts and Culture, curated by Tengal with SABAW Art Projects. Recently, he collaborated with Germany’s The Teichmann Brothers and is now currently doing work in the studio with Pasta Groove and E.X.I.S.T.