Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Do I have a Japanese doppelgänger?  I don’t think so, really — but the other day when I was visiting an antique store in Kobe with my friend Miyuki, one of the customers said that I look like Takanori Jinnai (陣内孝則).  I’m pretty convinced that it’s just the dark plastic eyeglass frames that both of […]


I just heard the news that my old friend Christopher Sawyer was named Sonoma County’s top sommelier in The Bohemian’s 2014 “Best Of” awards.  Being named top sommelier in one of the most renowned wine-making regions in the world is no small change.  Sonoma County has changed dramatically since Sawyer and I grew up there, […]


While Lou Reed’s Metal Machine Music may have originally been conceived as a contract-fulfilling middle finger directed at the music industry, it’s afterlife as a kind of urtext for the noise music scene has seen it experience a remarkable resurrection over the last decade or so.  An album that was once listed as one of […]


forest / sound

21Mar14

The artist Bartholomäus Traubeck has fashioned a turntable that plays cross sections of tree trunks as if they were records.  The tree slices aren’t played directly, of course, but are instead read by a PlayStation Eye Camera that sends the data to a computer where it is translated into piano notes that correspond to the shapes […]


the Shouryoue

08Mar14

The Shouryoue (聖霊会) is held every year on the 22nd of April to commemorate the death of Shotoku Taishi (聖徳太子), a semi-legendary imperial regent credited with facilitating the spread of Buddhism and founding Shitennoji temple (四天王寺) in Osaka and Horyuji temple (法隆寺) in present day Nara.  This commemorative ceremony, which is over a thousand years […]


If you’re fascinated by patterns in nature — and you should be — then the videos of Dennis Hlynsky are for you.  I’m not sure what techniques Hlynsky, who teaches at the Rhode Island Institute of Design, uses to create the tracer effect in his videos, but it’s a truly impressive effect in terms of […]


Last night I took the train to the Higashinari area of Osaka to see ANOTEN, the Yoshitomo Ano (阿野義知) exhibit at Ponte M (match point アテリエ).  match point (マッチポイント) is a company — or collective? — that sells candles and organizes candle-making workshops as part of a larger counter-cultural effort to build community and create […]