Speed through Tokyo at night by Road & Rail

A slightly surreal timelapse trip around Tokyo by road and rail accompanied by a mildly discordant musical sound track.

The odd photo colouring technique lends an ambiance to the images which, in places is reminiscent of a model somehow. Justin Tierney also created the music.

Tokyo Aglow tours the Japanese capital by road and rail. Whereas Aerial Arterial (the first installment) explores the edifices of the city from elevated perches, Tokyo Aglow captures the city from the blacktop. The automated Yurikamome flows through Odaiba and arrives downtown. A taxi whips to converging clusters of crowds in Shibuya. Scores surge, stream and swarm, tangle and scramble. Patterns of people, probabilities and periodicities, play. Weaving and knotting, the masses rhythmically engage with the machinery of modern life.

Koto inspired chords underpin the music of the piano. Trombone, trumpet and violin map to the patterns recurrent and emergent. Crosswalk chimes, chirps and cuckoos echo into the night.

“Tokyo Aglow” is the second of five installments of At The CONFLUX, a short film exploring the rhythm of urban Japan and its people.

The time-lapses were shot in raw (with a 5D Mark III and a Sony A7s) developed in Lightroom, and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. I composed the music at the piano with paper and pencil, input it into Finale 2014, recorded the music into Pro Tools in two separate recording sessions, processed the field recording in Ableton and Max MSP, and did the final edits in Adobe Audition and in Premiere.

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