Imagine Tron, only stretched out and wrapped around your face, and you might come close to the experience of being at one of two recent shows held in Japan. The sound, provided by 8-bit maestro Saitone. The visuals, provided by VJ REEL of Lightrythm Visuals. The venue, the Synra Dome in Tokyo (from the phrase "shinra banshou" or "all phenomena to happen in this world,") one of only three giant 3D stereoscopic domes in the world, normally used only for fancy astronomical scientific research. (The other two are the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaii.)
On December 17th and 21st, Saitone took over control of the Synra Dome and, for the first time ever (at least since it opened in August 2008,) used it as a performance space. The audience was able to view high-resolution visuals through special glasses while Saitone provided the retro audio straight from his Gameboy rig. The event was held to celebrate the release of his first album Overlapping Spiral, on VORC Records. (Also available at HearJapan.com.)
Check out the very cool video above (and if you're in a hurry, jump to about the 3min mark for teh prettyz), some older videos below as well as the image gallery below for a hint of what it was like, though I'm sure nothing could quite capture the true feeling of actually being there. If this is the passing of the Pink-Floyd-laser-light-show torch, then sign me up!
[HUGE thanks to Tsutomu Outani of VORC for the info and the great photos!]
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