Hey guys, this is Ryan. Go check out this awesome video game my brother made.
Made using stop-motion animation, Voyager is a hand-crafted video game for the iphone/ipad that was made by using a technique called felting. ”Needle felting is, basically, you take raw wool, which is processed — cleaned off the sheep and carded for spinning. If you spun it, it would become yarn.” “But if you needle-felt it, you take little needles and kind of poke at it until it starts to form a shape… so you’re basically sculpting with wool.” So go take a look at it for yourselves at www.voyagerthegame.com It’s now available on the app store.
Japanese art and culture in many ways is a very conservative and controlled environment. However, there exists a free, explorative underworld to this seemingly bland and vanilla existence. For example, author Yukio Mishima penned several sexually open, and intrestingly depraved tales of relationships between all facets of human psyche. Musician Ryuchi Sakamoto’s solo work, as well as the compositions he created with his group Yellow Magic Orchestra helped further the electronic music scene that European groups like Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream had laid the groundwork for. I’ve even heard that the New York Knicks have some Asian dude playing for them. In my opinion, all pale in comparison with the greatest Japanese artist of this or any other century, Adachi Tomomi.
The above video showcases Tomomi’s prowess with an early 90’s slap wristband and a Radio Shack laptop. This impeccably dressed virtuoso begins his perfomance by summoning escaped Duck Hunt duck sounds by way of his hand. Next, through moving his leg, he summons electronic flatulence. He then yells gibberish that cannot be part of any language in my opinion, and I only know one. In conclusion, I didn’t get past the minute mark of this video. I instead listened to “Woman in Red” by Stevie Wonder.