How much fun can you fit into one day? I’m not sure but I think I maxed out today…. Started off waking to heavy rain, which in NZ would likely be bleak but in Japan in summer it was still 28 degrees… Had my first Uber experience – had to run a block to find him after he stopped getting closer, (also had to pay 1.8x rate due to demand) but all good from there…. Next stop:
I found Symphony Salon online as I was keen to pursue my theory about how travel affects the pysche, by renting a grand piano for a few hours & seeing what would happen…. Lovely people there gave me the keys to one of their piano rehearsal/concert rooms with a 1985 Steinway grand piano at very reasonable rates…
So I arrived, set up quad recording rig and improvised for the first half hour… just getting used to however I was feeling and how the piano was sounding. Then plugged in my iPod with a few guide audio cues into channel 5 of my 788T and set about kind-of overdubbing to some music I have in slow development… Then switched to metronome app and improvised to a few different tempos, recording the click to ch 5 again….
A thoroughly enjoyable & maybe even productive two hours!
I have another two session booked for Friday, as figured I needed to try it out, see what happens & then have some time to listen & play around with the results…. and then iterate it…
Finish the session, pack up & meet a friend at ICC Gallery, the highlights of which were two installations, first “Chijikinkutsu” by AKAMATSU Nelo – a room lined with glasses of water, with a sewing needle floating on the surface of each glass and a small electromagnetic coil attached to the side. Something was randomnly powering on the coils, attracting the needle to hit the side of the glass making a tiny ‘ping’… it was such an exquisite pointillistic orchestra of tiny sounds I wanted to lie down & fall asleep to it!
The second great installation was more challenging: a VR project The Mirror by FUJII Naotaka + GRINDER-MAN + evala…. I won’t try & explain it, other than to say it very cleverly manipulated perception and the medium itself, playing with variable lag/delay and merging ones visual sense of self with that of perception….
Outside the ICC Gallery/NTT building is a complex intersection with a freeway running across it, which I’d noticed on previous visits had a lovely diffuse busyness to it… so I set up and recorded for 15 minutes or so….
Weirdly I had recorded more than enough & was shooting some video when a security guard turned up & told me to pack up…. I was happy to oblige, 15 minutes earlier and I would not have been!
I then found a couple of other locations with varying degrees of busyness and distance, and recorded some other valuable additions….
Then the rain started again, and Shinjuku just looked even more beautiful & crazily busy!
Yakitori for dinner and then headed to La Jetee bar for a few drinks…
Also shot another roll of TriX amongst all of that….