Archive for the 'Behind the Mask' Category

March 18th, 2006

Afrirampo live at The Loft in Tokyo Photos

Posted to Behind the Mask, Music, Bamboo and Motorbikes

These are some pictures I took at the Afrirampo show in Tokyo at the Loft. I did a podcast interview with them the same day it can be found in this post.


March 17th, 2006

A post about life online.

Posted to Behind the Mask, Music, Bamboo and Motorbikes

I wrote the dissapearance after a bike ride late at night. It is about the handwriten word, Andrei Cordrescu and his book, The Dissapearance of the Outside, Kelan Phil Cohran,
emotional states and the internet. Enjoy.

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March 14th, 2006

The Tunnels pt 2

Posted to soundscapes, Behind the Mask, japanese traditional music, Bamboo and Motorbikes

 In the class Behind the Mask which is primarily about minoritys in Japan, taught by Dr Preston Houser , we discussed the presentation of information within the Okinawan Tunnels which I had mentioned in my last post. 
Natalie Stanchfield  in her post Peace Museums, Simulations, and Interactivity mentions that the pleasant voice, souveneir stands and flute music seem to be there as […]


March 10th, 2006

The Tunnels: the former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters

Posted to Podcasts, soundscapes, Behind the Mask, Bamboo and Motorbikes

The Battle of Okinawa 1944.

The numbers vary, the facts are unclear.
One fourth of the Okinawan population died in this battle, 120, 000 were civilians.
And 4OOO died honourable deaths, in other words commited suicide.
As I walked through the tunnels a heavy feeling pervaded my consciousness at the thought of what happened there; at the thought of […]


March 9th, 2006

V Day J@m

Posted to Podcasts, soundscapes, Behind the Mask, Music, Bamboo and Motorbikes

This is a recording of an impromptu jam at Kitamoto dorm. The sound these musicians came up with could only be called…huge.
Marielle Riesgo- lead vocal, rhythm guitar
Natalie Stanchfield- percussion, back up vocals
Toshi Furuta- percussion and back up vocals
Ayme Frye- “lead guitar” and sound engineering


February 7th, 2006

International Man of Mystery

Posted to Podcasts, interviews, Behind the Mask, Music, blues, Bamboo and Motorbikes

“Mistakes, I’ve made a few, but then again…”

At last the first podcast of Bamboo and Motorbikes has been completed. It is an interview with Delmark recording artist Sho Komiya, who played bass all over Chicago for 12 years and is currently living in Tokyo. I knew alot about Sho before I did the interview, and […]


January 31st, 2006

“excuse me”

Posted to Behind the Mask

At least four times a day I am involved in or witness a near fatal accedent. It amazes me that so few actually occur.There has to be a different set of rules here written in the minds of the natives that a Westerner could never understand.The people of Japan are skilled bike riders who ride with umbrellas open in driving wind, rain, and snow, talk on cell phones, and are able to transport the most precarious cargo on these two wheeled balance oriented vehicles.Yet what strikes me most about Kyoto street conduct is that the common phrase “excuse me”or “sumimasen” in Japanese is rarely heard.
Perhaps it is the sheer number of encounters with people that causes the omission of this simple courtesy.

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January 30th, 2006

podcasting interviews

Posted to interviews, Behind the Mask, blues

I have succesfully completed my first interview with Shohei Komiya a blues bassplayerwho was born in Japan and later worked in Chicago as a sideman. It will be officially posted just as soon as I figure out how to do that. Interviewing, I have found is much like taking photos. It is important to get […]

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