Posts tagged 'Japan'


The attached animated short by Joanne Smithies, Eric De Melo Bueno, Michael Moreno, Hugo Bailly Desmarchelier and Camille Turon (all students at ESMA Montpellier) is gorgeous, atmospheric and sumptuously textured; an absolute treat. ENJOY!

[ Origami (2012 HD) ]

Lost in Tokyo

Jamie Blackley wrote in suggesting we check out this gorgeous video Mark Bramley edited together from 10,000 stills and some handheld footage he shot during a recent trip to Tokyo where he had two days to himself (jelly!). It’s rad from start-to-finish but we especially enjoyed the mass-transit wormhole (0:36), Gumby slidin’ (1:13), elevator pong-paddles (2:00) and the landing strip time-lapse (2:31). If you’re digging the backing tune – Parametaphoriquement by GMZ – go ahead and download it for (legal) freesies as it’s CC licensed on ccMixter.

Jamie also mentioned that it’s reminiscent of Shinkansen ver.2. We agree. Watch that shit if you haven’t already. Oh and Tokyo Slo-Mode, too; also good. Fuck it: just check out all the stuff we’ve posted about Japan, OK?

Thanks for the tip on this one, Jamie! Cheers!

[ Lost in Tokyo ]

hazcauch × vokoi

Max is a visual programming language for music and multimedia developed and maintained by San Francisco-based software company Cycling ‘74. During its 20-year history, it has been widely used by composers, performers, software designers, researchers, and artists for creating innovative recordings, performances, and installations.”

BRDG is an audio/visual project of +MUS, an electronic music label that arose from the Tokyo Max Users Group, a grassroots network of artists and geeks whose aim is to share techniques, disseminate information and hold events centered around Max/MSP/Jitter.

This, the fourth/latest release of BRDG is a collaboration between the Kobe based electronica producer hazcauch and VJ/Max-aficionado vokoi. Videos like these can easily devolve into filter overload where tasteful restraint is cast aside in favor of displaying as many ‘cool fx’ as possible. vokoi avoids this trap by letting the emotional cues in the music dictate the intensity so when it’s dialed back (at 1:17, for instance) it primes the pump for the transition to four-on-the-floor (at 1:50) and the eventual return of the break beats (2:22).

So yeah, get those headphones out, crank the volume and get this loaded full-screen. Enjoy!

[ [BRDG004] hazcauch × vokoi ]

Tokyo Slo-Mode

I’ve always wanted to travel to Japan. From my perspective as a westerner it seems as if going there would the closest I could get to visiting another planet without first having to leave this one. I can remember being in middle school during the early 90s and setting an alarm on Friday night so I wouldn’t forget to wake up and watch the Saturday Anime block on the Sci Fi network. Those mornings were formative for me: I’d be up before the sun, slack-jawed-and-in-awe in front of the tee-vee as my brain booted itself into consciousness on such audio/visual feasts as Record of the Lodoss War, Akira, Ghost in the Shell and Vampire Hunter D.

“Where did this come from? Who made this?”

The attached film by Alex Lee starts to answer those questions by stringing together a succession of fleeting moments that provide insight into this unique, vibrant place. The speed of the film will quickly shift from fast to slow and back again, pulling your focus into attention on a face, a movement or a landscape for a quick instant before moving on to find another, driving home the point that there’s plenty more to see. Alex’s choice for a backing track couldn’t have been more perfect; what better way to evoke another world then a collaboration between Flying Lotus and Thom Yorke?

This one’s a winner so gratitude is due to Aubrey for sending this one our way: it was a treat…thanks, Aubrey!



Brad Kremer shot these gorgeous time lapse sequences of Tokyo, Matsuyama, Imabari, Nagano, Gifu, and Ishizushisan during a 2009 summer trip to Japan. The first half is a buzzing, Röyksopp-backed, energetic romp through busy city streets while the second act mellows out (no doubt helped by the ambient strains of The Album Leaf), shifting the focus to the unique coastlines, rolling hills and foggy mountains of Japan’s iconic natural landscape. It’s just the right length too – almost eight full minutes – so grab your headphones, get the full-screen up ons and enjoy the scenery.

[ Hayaku: A Time Lapse Journey Through Japan ]

Shinkansen ver.2

Daihei Shibata – the brilliant mind behind The Light of Life – documented a ride between Shinosaka and Tokyo on the Japanese Shinkansen high-speed train network. After choosing a nice tune from Van She to add some atmosphere Daihei mirrored the footage along the horizontal axis, gave it a thoughtful prune with some well timed edits and voilà: he’s finished. The whole affair is decidedly chill. We approve.

Also on The Tripatorium™: If you dig this then don’t hesitate to click here for another electronic-music soaked train ride courtesy of none-other-than Mr. Michel Gondry himself.

[ Shinkansen ver.2 ]


Tokyo-based photographer, Samuel Cockedey, shot these gorgeous time lapses around Mount Fuji, Miyajima and Iwate prefecture. The backing soundtrack is One Perfect Sunrise by Orbital & Lisa Gerrard. This one’s a stunner, enjoy!

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[ (autumn) ]

Hibi no neiro

I first saw this video a year ago – before The Tripatorium™ launched – and absolutely loved it so when I watched it again this morning I thought it was only fitting to post it up. Enjoy!

Music by SOUR, visuals by Masashi Kawamura.

[ SOUR '日々の音色 (Hibi no neiro)' ]

Spooky Dudes

Spooky Dudes

[ fukung: Spooky Dudes ]

Vanishing Point

Takuya Hosogane did a stellar job animating cubesato‘s Le Petite Prince.  Every blip, beat, note, tone and vocal sample in the track is appropriately acknowledged in the visuals which is just hows I likes ‘em.  Cheers, Mr. Hosogane!

[ Vanishing Point ]


Check out 2:12, makin’ it look easy.  Well done, sir. Well done.

[ Geisha ]


Peaceful fawn.

Taken at the Nara Deer Park in Kyoto, Japan by mcazadi. Click the image to see a larger version.

[ Love and Reflections! ]