Indistinguishable from magic
May 1, 2016 4:22 PM   Subscribe

20+ drones; 16,500 LEDs; 3 shamisen players; 1 Mt. Fuji: Filmmaker Tsuyoshi Takashiro orchestrates a performance combining drones and the Oyamakai shamisen ensemble.
posted by wintersweet (13 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite

 
Holy shit.
posted by Bovine Love at 5:29 PM on May 1, 2016


Drones: They aren't just for spying anymore.
posted by Bovine Love at 5:30 PM on May 1, 2016 [2 favorites]


I have several complaints about the music, but I really like the ersatz-voxel approach. I'd be curious to hear how much the noise from the drones intrudes.
posted by rhizome at 5:31 PM on May 1, 2016


(Belated disclaimer: I think this was put together as a promotion for Sky Magic.)
posted by wintersweet at 6:18 PM on May 1, 2016


as a promotion for Sky Magic

Well, it worked, because that was a pretty fucking cool display.
posted by Metro Gnome at 6:23 PM on May 1, 2016


My UFO pranks are going to take on a new dimension.
posted by underflow at 9:13 PM on May 1, 2016


I have several complaints about the music

Yes, for sure if you're going to do a shamisen East-meets-West, old-meets-new thing, the way to do it is like this (warning: video contains cartoon mermaids not wearing any seashells or whatever)
posted by aubilenon at 9:46 PM on May 1, 2016 [6 favorites]


Sweet Jesus!
posted by mikelieman at 10:50 PM on May 1, 2016


Really, the music in the video is more or less just like the Yoshida Brothers' stuff — Tsugaru shamisen mixed with synths isn't really a new thing. That Hifana video is pretty cool, too — it's like some sort of modern house music take on Okinawan stuff, and I am just SUPER diggin' it. Kinda reminds me of the later pre-revival DDR games' soundtracks.
posted by DoctorFedora at 11:47 PM on May 1, 2016


I'm so glad that the drones never made anything recognizable: no peace circles, no peace fingers, no rock hand, no gang signs.
posted by bendy at 1:43 AM on May 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


Somewhere in North Korea, someone is planning a stadium display with fifty thousand drones. So is someone who's going to Burning Man.

Me, I'm just planning a few UFO sightings.
posted by bigbigdog at 10:11 AM on May 2, 2016


Love this, and thanks for that video link, aubilenon. I really enjoy Omodaka for some traditional Japanese + dancey vibes.
posted by oh.ghoulin at 5:16 PM on May 2, 2016


I liked this quite a lot.
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet at 9:24 PM on May 2, 2016


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