Here’s something for the weekend – a solid section of Japanese vinyl, a selection of chill vibes put together by Eiji of the Revelation Time record shop in Osaka, Japan. Thanks to the The Vinyl Factory for sharing this rare mix.
Using a Panasonic DMC-GH3 with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens, Japanese photographer and Blade Runner fan, Darwinfish105 shot out of the front car of a moving monorail while in continuous shooting mode at 1 second shutter speed with an ND400 filter during the day and at 400 ISO at night. In post, he used a mirror effect and vertical flip effect while editing in Adobe Premiere and the result is a vortex-like, psychedelic rail experience.
From radical turntablism [Otomo Yoshihide] to laptop music innovation [Numb], via classical instrument hijacking [Sakamoto Hiromichi], Tokyo’s avant-garde music scene is internationally known for its boldness.
In the early 1980s, Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi and Sequential Circuits founder Dave Smith had a dream—a simple interface that would allow all electronic musical instruments to communicate with each other and with computers. To make this dream a reality, these pioneers brought together an unprecedented coalition of manufacturers from the United States and Japan, and soon the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or “MIDI,” was born. 30 years ago, the 1983 Winter NAMM Show hosted its landmark public unveiling, where Roland and Sequential Circuits demonstrated the first two MIDI-equipped synthesizers “talking” to each other via this new universal communication standard.