2018/12/08

EKN #21: What's Going On


We’re in December but it’s still quite warm. The other day I wore a T-shirt and had ice cream outside.





Noid - Yves Tumor


2018/11/16

“Who is Demoscener?” - What I’ve learned from interviewing them




For the past 5-6 years, I’ve had occasion to peek into the little-known computer subculture called “demoscene”. I’ve seen their work, I’ve been to their events, and I’ve talked to some people who drive this culture. In this post, I’m going to share my view and what I’ve learned in this culture.

I won’t explain what the demoscene is here, so please refer to this page for that details.


How I discovered demoscene

I should first clarify that I am not a computer enthusiast: I do use computers a lot for my work and for fun, but my job and interests have been about juggling natural language and not computer language. I’ll be ecstatic when I see beautiful combination of words, but I’ve been trying to stay away from lines of numbers because they look complicated. I can’t code, I can’t make music and I can’t draw anything properly – Basically I’m a complete outsider to this culture.

「デモシーナーとは誰なのか?」 ~デモシーナーへのインタビューから学んだこと~




このブログでもメインなのか?と思うほど頻繁に登場する話題ですが、ここ56年ほど、「デモシーン」という知られざるコンピューターのサブカルチャーに触れる機会に恵まれ、作品を見たり、国内外のイベントに参加したり、カルチャーの立役者的な方々にお話を伺ったりする機会に恵まれました。今回はその体験を振り返り、私のデモシーンに対する考えや、このカルチャーで学んだことについてお話ししてみたいと思います。

この記事ではカルチャー自体の説明は省きたいと思いますので、「デモシーンって何?」という方は、こちらのページをご覧ください。


デモシーンとの出会い

まず最初にお断りしておきたいのですが、私はコンピューター関係の人間でも、特にコンピューターに詳しい人間でもありません。仕事や趣味にコンピューターを使うことは多いのですが、CとかC++とかDとかいう名称のプログラミング言語とはまるで縁がなく、人間の読み書き話す言葉、つまり自然言語を使って仕事をしています。美しい言葉の表現に出会うと1日中でもうっとりとしていられますが、数列が出てきたら即退散!という人生を送ってきて今に至ります。プログラミングもできなければ、作曲もしないし、まともな絵も描けません。つまり、私はこのカルチャーにおいて完全に「アウェイ」な存在です。

2018/11/10

EKN #20: It's because


A grocery store was playing this song, and the place was suddenly wrapped in this mood and I got really sentimental in the spices/dressings section.


I'm Not In Love - 10cc

2018/10/11

最近のうちの文鳥 ~ちょっとくっついてる~


全国の文鳥ファンの皆さま、こんにちは。

そろそろ本格的に文鳥のおなかで暖を取る季節になりましたが、いかがお過ごしでしょうか。もう少し大きければお布団に一緒に入ってぬくぬくしたいところですが、文鳥が抱っこできるぐらい大きかったら、あの性格ですから、我々は確実に重傷または食われるでしょう。やはり文鳥はあのサイズがいちばんです。

さて、文鳥の日も近いので、最近のうちの文鳥情報です。

2018/09/23

[nokonoko journal] アジアンメイクと西洋メイク


素晴らしい動画を発見。
2016年のものなので、トレンドに若干の変化はあるように思いますが(当時は涙袋とかおフェロメイクの時期だったかしら)、アジア(主に日本と韓国)と西洋のメイクの違いをとてもわかりやすく説明しているなぁ!と思いました。資生堂の新ブランド立ち上げに関わったりなどしてきたアーティストの方のようで、肌色の選び方から色の選び方から、実際にメイクしながら解説しています。

2018/08/11

[nokonoko journal] "Will you fax that to me?"



I’ve just changed the ink for fax machine…

It’s 2018 and it’s still going… Unbelievable.



2018/06/21

EKN #10: god kveld



Song for Annie - Erot


1.    I found my old magazine clipping from late 90s.
2.    It was about a record label called Paper Recordings, and they were about to release their first compilation album for Japan.
3.    I looked up to see what kind of music they did (and if they still exist) and one of their artists’ song clicked me.
4.    “I don’t know the name of its song or artist, but I think I certainly heard this before… Who is this?”
5.    “Song For Annie” by Erot
6.    I discovered this song was re-issued in digital format lately for the documentary film about Norwegian disco scene.
8.    Norwegian disco scene…?
9.    And I watched this documentary called “Northern Disco Lights” and learnt what happened to this boy... I just really hope that he had a great time in Japan...  


Northern Disco Lights - The Rise and Rise of Norwegian Dance Music


Stunning scenery!



2018/05/27

EKN #7: Night Shift



Replica - Oneohtrix Point Never


I really enjoyed listening to this song and the album while working. I’m now listening to his new album “Age Of” and it sounds very promising to be my another favorite…!

Though it was a bit too metallic for me, you might enjoy his “Garden of Delete” if you prefer phase-shifting aggressive type of techno. (Personally I call these transformer music... because it transforms...)



2018/04/17

EKN #1: Off-balance, well-controlled




"Clair de lune" - Debussy
Piano: Alexandre Tharaud, Choreography/dance: Yoann Bourgeois



Bill Gates has a trampoline room in his house. And seems like he confirmed it in the media lately.

I've read about this room many years ago and, if I remember correctly, this room is not just a room with a big trampoline - but the floor itself is trampoline. 
Oh Bill.


2018/03/02

立体絵本『かわうそスーのぼうけん』


宣伝です!英語版の翻訳を担当させていただいた絵本のオリジナル日本語版『かわうそスーのぼうけん』(ストーリー/イラスト:たくや・さくらさん)が、一部店舗とオンラインストアで発売中です。

『かわうそスーのぼうけん』(ストーリー/イラスト:たくや・さくら)

2018/01/09

Whisper #425-435



#426
When I was in junior high school, I ran for the student council. 7 students were selected by vote, and one who got the most votes would become a president. I was one of those 7 students, but not a president.

#427
(At this point, I wonder why I ran for it from the beginning, but anyway.)

#428
After the result was announced, I got a call from someone who saw the selection process. I knew his name and face, but we’d never talked before.

#429
He said “I just wanted to tell you that you actually got the most votes. So logically you should have been a president. But after the result came, teachers held a meeting and decided that the president should be a boy and told us to forget what we’ve saw. So you are not selected as a president, but I thought you should know. I’m telling this to you not because I personally support you or anything, but because I thought that was wrong.” And he hung up.

#430
After this call, I didn’t ask anything to teachers, or mentioned this in public.
Not just because:
a.       I would never know if that was true
b.       it would sound very sour-grapey if I mentioned

#431
But also because:
c.       I didn’t want to ruin his brave act and fairness
and
d.       this was somewhat understandable at that time

#432
This was the time when girls were not allowed to join Computer Club at our school. I was told “You can’t join this club because… you’re a girl. Why don’t you go to Homemaking club and make an apron?”

#433
And that was the time there was no SNS to spread the injustice. And even there was, it wouldn’t have been treated as injustice I guess.

#434
These sounds like a bad joke to me now.
And I’m quite happy about how things changed.

#435
Now, computer club guys scold me for not bringing many girls, and I know and you know that men in apron are sexy.



2018/01/03

Happy New Year 2018



This is a dog.


2018年、明けましておめでとうございます。

どこにいても世界中の情報が瞬時に手に入る時代になりましたが、
心をかき乱されるニュースからは少し距離を置いて、
自分の生活のなかにある、ささやかな幸せに目を向けたいと思う今日この頃です。

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