2009年8月14日金曜日

Summer Sonic '09

Live! Live! Live!

In front of the mist making machine.

Cool shoes ad & rocker Emily.

Photo with Gogol Bordello!

Emily, Chisato, her boyfriend and elephant water pistol.

Sonic stage with full of audience.

We love playing with our silhouette.

Beautiful sunset sky.

Outside stage at night.

Awesome Shimizu sisters, and B-day cake for Yoshiko!

Cool stuffed monster at the living room.

最近はいくつか制作があって忙しかったけど、今はなんとか一段落。今日は映画見たりしてお盆をだらだら過ごしてしまった。一日に3本も!でもどれも良かったので、とても満足。また書きまーす。

さて、ちょっと遅れながら、今年は人生初の夏フェス、サマソニに行ってきたので、その時の写真をアップしときます!(とは言っても、写真禁止だったからライブの写真は自分じゃ撮れなかったけど…。)チケットを誕生日にEmilyに貰って、大阪ではSFで一緒だったユキちゃんのパンクなアパートに泊めてもらい、なんだか色んな人にお世話になったサマソニでした。ありがとう!

ライブのほうは、オレは正直あまりRockを聞かないし知らないんだけど、今年は色んなジャンルが混ざってたこともあって、かなり楽しかった!特にBeyoncéのライブはヤバかったー!スタイルも、歌唱力も、ダンスも、どれを取ってもなんだか人間じゃないような存在で、話し方や人間性もかなり素敵だと思えた。今回ばかりは、かなり海外アーティストが来てたし、英語やっといて良かった!

あと、個人的な感想として、ステージの演出が進化してるのが面白かった。ステージ背景の超巨大スクリーンなんかは、もうその瞬間に何でも流せるようにセットされてて、海や空の背景映像から、PVなんかも流せる上に、それをスポットライトに見立てたり、ズームカメラの映像をそこに加工しながら投影したり、もう本当にその瞬間瞬間に色んな事が展開してて、メディア専攻としては、かなり興味深かった。特に感動したのは、Beyoncéのバックダンサーの手に付いてるカメラの映像もそこで流れたこと。もちろん小型カメラで画質は悪いし、手ブレしまくりなんだけど、それも含めて「リアル」で、ステージの上に自分がいるかのように思える映像だった。コンサートとか全然行かないけど、今回はかなり感動でした。

どんなライブになるか、一番期待してたAphex Twinは、正直ちょっと期待はずれだったけど、それでもいくつかのVJの実験的な映像はヤバかった。これに関してはうまく伝えれないかな…。(笑)なんというか、プログラミング的で、バッチ処理みたいに、きっと莫大なビジュアルを一気に処理して作ってあるんだけど、それがとても有機的な動きをしてて、ヤバかった。線で作れるモアレが、かなり変な風に動いてる感じって言えばいいかな。

あと簡単な感想としては、Nine Inch Nailsはオレが普段聴くような曲ではないんだけど、ライブはとても熱くてカッコ良かった!Ne-Yoは変な日本語しか喋んなかったけど、生でも歌唱力があって聞いてて気持ちいい。バックダンサーもヤバかったな。Beyoncéもそうだけど、やっぱり本場の踊りは見応えある。Grizzy Bearは、そんなに楽器使うの?ってくらい意外な楽器持ってきてて、それに加えて、音として使ってた声が、かなりキレイだった。Jenny Lewisは少しレトロな雰囲気が楽しくて、聞きやすいRock。Wurlitzerピアノの、レトロな音色もマッチしてて良かった。Dadarockは、なんだか謎だったけど、背景の映像もPOPで楽しくてそれなりに良かった。音ってよりか、見た感じが好きだっただけかも。笑

今回見たバンドで気になったのは、そんなところ。偶然Gogol Bordelloのメンバーに会えて写真を撮ってもらえたのはなんだか素敵だった!でも他のステージとかぶっててライブは見に行けず…。それがちょっと残念なことかな。でもとてもいいヒゲです。

「音楽」×「青空」×「仲間」×「ビール」は最高ですね。大阪自体もかなり楽しめたし、また行きたい!

[Summer Sonic 09]

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Beyoncé

Beyoncé

Nine Inch Nails

Aphex Twin

Grizzly Bear

Ne-Yo

Jenny Lewis

Dadarock

Report and photos from Summer Sonic Music Festival 2009, and Osaka trip! It was absolutely fun time! Actually I've never been music festival like that, so it's a first time, and now I think I should go, from now on. This time, I got ticket from Emily, as a birthday gift, and we stayed at my cool friends Yuki and Yoshiko's punk rock apartment, so, I should thank you guys a lot! It was not gonna happen without you! ;)

About the live concert, I should say many of them were pretty awesome, and I enjoyed a bunch. Especially, Beyoncé was outstandingly gorgeous. Her live concert was crazy. You know, I'm not the guy who usually likes TV idols, but because of her powerful voice, figure, dance, and way of speaking, I thought she is not even a human, but something special creature made to perform. haha.

And personaly, I enjoyed the stage arts a lot, maybe because I'm a designer. Massive background liquid crystal screen monitor was amazing, it showed us background images, such as sky and ocean, music clips, 3D graphics, live camera movies, and it was also able to pretend the spotlights. I especially surprised that one of Beyoncé's support dancers held the small video camera and its image was also projected on that screen. Of course it's bad quality and had a lot of handshakes, but that was something I wanted to see, and that movie made me feel like I'm also on the stage, so it was so interesting and cool idea, i thought.

I expected more from Aphex Twin's performance, so it was a little disappointed, however some VJ visuals were pretty rad. I don't think I can explain well, but I try. haha. It was more like "programming" than "motion graphics", so I think it was something like "batch processing", made with the special software, and it looked like moving multiple moiré patterns. That was pretty cool, and i got some idea, so I'll try to figure out how he did it.

And some comments about other bands. First, Nine Inch Nails. I usually not listen their kind of strong rock music, but the performance was really cool! He is totally bad ass, and I liked it. Second, Ne-Yo. I was a little sad because he had never spoke anything, but silly Japanese like "Aishiteru" which means I love you in Japanese. Well, but he was quite nice singer and had nice voice, so I was feeling good listening his singing. And watching their real dance moves. Third, Grizzy Bear. They were really cool, and surprised me using so many amount of unusual instruments, and the songs were really beautiful. I especially interested in the base guy, how he used his voice as a background sound, that was amazing. Fourth, Jenny Lewis, I enjoyed their retro atmosphere, including their fashion. I liked that kind of relaxed, easy-to-listen rock music. And her retro Wurlitzer piano matched well with their songs. Fifth, Dadarock. Ah, I couldn't really understand them. haha. But I liked their costumes and atmosphere, and bright red background movies. It was fun too.

Those are the main groups that i checked this time. We were able to meet Gogol Bodello members and took photo together, it was really cool. (But I couldn't see their persormance.. which is a little sad.)

Music + Outdoor + Friends + Beer = Priceless!
I wanna join music festival again! Maybe next year.

[Summer Sonic 09]

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