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Audio Architecture @ 21_21 Design Sight

Good thing I have an annual pass for the 21_21 Design Sight in Roppongi Midtown. I get to check out creative works in public domain = instant inspiration.

We went about 10:45 and it wasn’t busy at all. Expecting more people to be at the exhibition but I guess everyone else was out at the beach or something, getting burned out by the scorching Tokyo summer.

A score of 9/10 for this set, and I highly recommend you visit. Even if you only appreciate visual multimedia, this is still something you’ll like and spend a lot of time enjoying.





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2018 Greenroom Festival

This year had a reggae vibe to with Jimmy Cliff and The Wailers taking the main stage on their respective days. Hanaregumi brought some soul to the harbour city, and Asian Kungfu Generation closed out the festival with their hits and got the crowd singing along.

It was a fun 2-day festival and will do it again next year.


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Beats and Things – prtytrx by Marty Hicks

Last year I collaborated with my good friend, Marty Hicks, to produce some tracks for my Tokyo Talks series on YouTube.

Good news, his album is finally out and you can get it on bandcamp: https://martyhicks.bandcamp.com/

Rewind almost 4 years ago when I met first met Marty in Kyoto when I was working at Ritsumeikan University. He was a short-term study abroad student with his sights on furthering his studies at the Tokyo University of the Arts in the future. Well guess what? He’s doing that now!

Very active in the local music scenes in and around Tokyo, you’ll find his Instagram (@marty256) to be a snapshot of his exciting life as an Australian / musician / pianist / composer / artist – living in Japan.


La Musica to my Ears

Step 1. Go to Google Translate グーグル翻訳へー (https://translate.google.com/#en/es/%F0%9F%8D%8C%F0%9F%A5%9E%F0%9F%8D%B4)

Step 2. Turn on speakers. Headphones are okay too. スピーカーまたはヘッドフォンの準備を

Step 3. Press the listen button. 再生ボタンをクリック

Step 4. Share 🙂 シェアをお願いします

Shout out to Jack Johnson for giving me the crave.ジャックジョンソン最高!

Can’t you see that it’s just rainin’
Ain’t no need to go outside

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🎶 by Marty Hicks


被爆ピアノの感想 Before and After

This is how I felt the night before I played the Hiroshima A-bomb piano.

I practiced casually for about 2 weeks a familiar piece I performed for a nursing home not too long ago. I was hoping I could play everything from memory but realized ‘not too long ago’ was about 2 years ago!


These are the pictures from the Ritsumeikan International Peace Museum A-bomb Hiroshima Piano.


The scratches and damages tell an unhappy story. The side of the upright piano restored.

It’s interesting that musical instruments are hardly ever redesigned or revised. Mic attachments and amplification are the most apparent modifications to modern instruments. You have to give extra credit to musical instrument designers with their available technology to leave a legacy and tradition.


The keys were very light but the springs were surprisingly responsive. It’s always inviting to play more when the keys aren’t heavy and your fingers get tired from the pushing and weight shifting.


Ironically, the piano is American made. D’oh.


Faded ivories and uneven textures. So many scratches.