Obsessed by the analog machines of the past, Japanese musician Ei
Wada mastered the craft of tweaking the sounds from old tape recorders.
He performed wild shows with the Open Reel Ensemble, from the stage of TEDxTokyo to last year’s Issey Miyake catwalk, creating unique sounds from analog sources.
The artist recreated the analog magic for the visitors of last month’s Media Arts Festival
in his work Toki Ori Ori Nasu. With their wheels slowly turning, 4
old-fashioned recorders poured their tapes into narrow glass containers,
creating ever-changing twisted shapes. Once the tapes came to an end,
the spectators were in for a surprising musical treat:
Among the elaborate high-tech installations of the festival, this
surprisingly simple tribute to analog media resonated well with the
audience. The tape patterns mesmerized those who came near the work, and
crowds rushed to the recorders as soon as the tapes rewinded. We can
thank Ai Wada for showing us that after decades of use – and years of
abandon – old media still has surprises in store for us.
In an age where an increasingly vast array of interaction patterns
are available to designers & developers we can't help but admire the
restrained palette in use on stylist and designer Allegra Colletti's
site. Transitions are punchy and utilitarian with some beautifully
thought out visual details.
Very surprised and pleased to learn that my personal portfolio site has
been featured on Hover States, a popular blog curated by Hover Studio, London,
featuring new and interesting interaction design. Many thanks to Ken and Yoonjai at COMMON NAME for making me look good!
I've never seen this bag in person. I don't even know if it ever went into production but the image of this has haunted my dreams for years. It is made of laser cut skins and is just what I imagine a mermaid's tail would be like, hence the fact that it has come to be known as the Mermaid Bag in my lexicon. I hope someday to come across it in my wanderings and capture it for myself.
Sorry to keep posting so many videos — this one is just too good to miss.
At once androgynous and feminine... very sexy...
Personally, I think it's time for the Yamamotos to do a family collaboration...