Caught the train to Umeda today and then walked through Kitashinchi area to Dojima River and did some recording, as the sky grew slowly more moody… After my second ambience recording, the humidity crossed over into light rain so I took a break at the nearby National Osaka Museum of Art, stashing my gear in a coin locker & relaxing in a nice quiet air conditioned space…
By the time the museum closed at 5pm the city felt very different, with the rain slowly clearing… but the Kitashinchi area I walked through earlier was transformed by both the rain on the streets and all of the bars coming to life….
A little like stumbling into a Wong Kar Wai film… I wandered across each narrow street, first shooting TriX with my Contax T2 and then shooting with my Sony a6300… sending 5 rolls of film off to the lab tomorrow – can’t wait to see this in monochrome!!
Theres a section in the middle titled ‘adapter maniacs’ but it has some awesome obscure lens listed with example photos…. Got to love the slightly obsessive nature of it!
Managed to get to three exhibitions while in Tokyo, first was an exhibition by photographer Rinko Kawauchi at 916 Gallery
I own a couple of her books but while at the exhibition I managed to buy a book titled SHEETS containing series of contact sheets/prints
Then headed to Ebisu, to visit the Tokyo Museum of Photography which has been closed for the last year or more for refurbishment. The relaunch & opening included a large scale exhibition by Hiroshi Sugimoto which was almost overwhelming…
Many years ago I visited this museum and at the excellent museum shop had found & bought a beautiful photo book by one of my favourite photographers Michael Kenna and I had noticed a new book by him released by the same Japanese publisher, called In Hokkaido but when I asked at the shop they said it had already sold out… I know his books sell out & secondhand prices escalate rapidly, but the very helpful staff suggested trying the Tsutaya Daikanyama T Site book store so after a quick phone call we headed to Shibuya and success!
I could have spent many hours at this beautiful book store… but we had another exhibition to visit, off to Roppongi to 21 21 Design Site for an exhibition titled DOBOKU: Civili Engineering
There was a video interview playing with the rather quirky engineer who as per the photo above seems obsessed with modelling various forms of hydro dams using Japanese curry!
This scale model is of Shibuya station, and in a way it shows both how complex and how tiring it can be to find your way around such large scale underground stations – if you don’t pay attention to exactly where you are needing to go, you can do a LOT of walking!
If you are ever in Tokyo, a super useful website & app is TOKYO ARTBEAT which lists all current exhibitions, and to give an indication of how vibrant Tokyo is, there are currently 90 photo exhibitions on! That site is also useful even when not visiting, as a way to observe & research Japanese artists…
The app is very useful as it also provides directions and map, and can suggest exhibitions in the same area as your current location.
A similar site and app exists for Osaka, Kyoto & Kobe: KANSAI ART BEAT
An awesome experience tonight, doing part 2 of TOKYO VERTIGO tour – this time in Ginza
Ginza on the way home..
▶ Ryuichi Sakamoto – ‘Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son’
▶ Sepia – Amber
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▶ Monolake – VLSI preview (release October 7 2016)
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icorgan – Memory Triggers 001′ EP – release Sept 20
Had my first ever experience creating & mixing music for Dolby Atmos today – with huge thanks to KT san & his beautiful sounding beBlue Studio in Tokyo for mentoring me. The music cue I was prototyping contained elements some of which were only hours old, others were also very recent like that Steinway piano I recorded earlier this week, but the initial seeds – visual & music/sound – were many months old…
mind = blown
prototype approved, on to next iterations!
After Miraikan I caught the monorail back to the last stop before the large ‘Rainbow Bridge’ to Tokyo as I had read you can walk or cycle across it, and I figured the view must be impressive…. but it was also a good chance for some dense traffic recording…
Perspective 1 – luckily the sea was very calm and almost glassy – couldn’t hear any waterlap at all, just the diffuse roar of bridge traffic
Perspective 2 – I figured capturing close up traffic wasn’t going to be an issue, so I deliberately looked for opportunities to record perspectives with some distance or non-direct sound…
Perspective 4 – this was unexpected, near the mid point some work was being done on the bridge and for only 20m or so the path went indoors… which was a great chance to capture an interior perspective of the traffic roaring past…
Perspective 5 – close & loud, right by a join in the bridge
And wow the view!! I find it a little freaky being so high up… If I can make time I will come back here at night – the view then must be astonishing!!
This surreal green island is accessible from the Odaiba side
Yesterday was 30 degrees, so you can imagine how hot & sweaty it was trudging all the way across the bridge carrying Sound Devices 788T and four mics and stands… A beer tasted very good after this mission!