2013年12月28日

Think with music #001 Musician, Takeshi Ueda (AA=) part 2

Think with music

part 2 : War and Humanity

aa04.jpgI asked him about his two singles "WARWARWAR" and "HUMANITY2" which were released in the autumn of 2013.




Q5: Why he divided.
-Digital and melody, war and human being, the city and the woods, suits and T-shirts, pink and yellow...We could see various conflicting pairs. Why did you try to divide in such way? What's your intention?

First I had an idea to try to show the opposite ends of mine by means of sounds. As soon as I started creating them, influenced by those sounds, the theme of mine started to divide naturally. For instance, future and past, those you've mentioned, gradually I could have realized such division inside of myself.

It was from such simple music interests that I started the challenge for the first time. I usually create the sounds well combined by the opposite sides of mine as I mentioned, but this time I challenged to divide them intentionally to see what'd be born then. Though I couldn't do it perfectly, contented that I've somehow managed to do it.


Q6: TIME HAS COME
-I felt your sense of crisis strongly from that phrase of "WARWARWAR" about...The numbers of the keys are 96 and 9 in the PV.

I don't mean that all the message of the song is the warning for the revision of the constitution, but it's partially true. It's surely the theme we all think about, which we know from our history. So I adopted the theme.

Here in Japan, I can feel something has been growing worse since the postwar these days. On the other hand, the world has never spent days without conflicts or wars. We Japanese, the same as the other developed countries, have the problems to be solved for us.

Nevertheless I want to head for the future, and we surely have plenty of choices. But sadly we never knew which is the right answer to choose. It's always to choose what we think the right among them that leads us to the best ends finally. That's why I hope to have the message "not to give up nor to let ourselves be carried without our will" with me always.


Q7: Enemy
-Images from your younger days appeared in the "HUMANITY2" PV. I wonder if the enemy you'd been facing in those days is different from the one you've been facing these days.

They're quite different from each other. In my youth I was clueless about many things, and tended to get rid of them and to make enemies by myself. Now I've come to accept the difference between us and realized who I am, which is quite different compared to those days.

However from a broad perspective, I think a dominant ruler couldn't appear and make the world worse now. I've been worrying about much bigger enemies, such as a system made by ourselves or the greed of ours, might gather and precede into the wrong way, which may happen easily in the world these days. I'm sure that the world has been getting much better than before 1930's, but the issue is still there to be solved. I'll never give up fighting against such persistent problems and finding the way to resolve them.

aa05.jpg"The issue is still there to be solved. I'll never give up fighting against such persistent problems and finding the way to resolve them."


>>part 1 >>part 3
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written& translated by Miyuki Toritani from Think the Earth
photo by Ken Shigematsu from Qualia Pictures
translation supported by Tsu Lim, Kim Aira, and Ryan Poppen

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2013年12月16日

Think the Peace2

地球日記

こんにちは〜
インターンの高木ですっ!

第2回はイランとイスラエルでのThink the Peaceをご紹介します。

簡単にご説明。
イラン人のグラフィックデザイナーのお話です。
彼はfacebookに自分が作ったポスターをアップしました。
自分とイスラエルの国旗を持った娘の写真に、「We ♡ You」という言葉を添えて。

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このポスターにはたくさんの反響がありました。
自分の知人だけでなく、知らない人からもイイネ!が押され、メッセージもきました。
「僕もこのポスターをつくりたい」「私の写真も載せて!」という人が次々と現れました。
そして毎日イスラエルの国旗を踏まされていたという女の子からもメッセージが届きました。

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もう何年も殺し合いが起きているのに、実はお互いを憎んでいるわけではなく、「あなたの国の国旗の青い星がかっこよくて好き」だと思っているのです。


このポスターはイスラエルでも作られるようになりました。
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最初は顔を伏せてポスターを作っていたイスラエル人も、だんだんと自分の顔を載せて「あなたの国が好きよ」と主張するようになりました。


距離がありながらにして、コラボ作品も生まれたり...

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いつの間にか会うことになり、友達になって、何気ない会話をしているのです。

そして、このハートフルなお話は、Peace Factory立ち上げにまで発展しました。ぜひ一度ご覧ください!

ポスターを作ったRonnyさんの運動はイランやイスラエルにとどまらず、世界中に広がってきています。もちろん日本でも。

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彼のように何気ないアクションが、得意分野が
誰かとつながることのきっかけになって
新しいコミュニティーが生まれ、「好き」が生まれる。

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「好き」が増えるということは、
自分の中での興味やピンとくることが増えるということ。
いい刺激をたくさんもらえるということ。
「好き」という感情の連鎖ってとても素敵ですね!

(高木彩香)
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2013年12月12日

TABLOIDでのイベント『リクローゼット』

この週末は、普段一緒にお仕事させて頂いているショッピングセンターのルミネさんのイベント制作と運営のため、臨海エリアの日の出(浜松町も近いです)にあるTABLOIDへと行きました。

リクローゼットというタイトルのついたこのイベント。普段お買い物に来るお客様が一日店主をできる場所をつくって、自宅のクローゼットに眠っている洋服たちを販売し、また活躍の機会をつくるためものです。

最初は何もないガランドウの空間に、装飾を吊るすための木枠をつくるところから始めました。デザイナーさんが模型を持ってイメージ伝えているところです。
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そして、什器。紙管をつないでつくるオリジナルの什器が2種類あります。これをひたすら組み立てました。なかなかに面白い作業です。
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全部什器を組み立てて指定の配置に並べてみると、だいぶ会場らしくなりました。でもまだ洋服がかかっていないと寂しい感じ。
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出店者さんが、徐々に準備を始めています。
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服が出揃いました!一気にマーケット感が出てきました。後はオープンを待つのみ。
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その前に、出店者の皆さんで集合写真。沢山の方が参加してくれています。
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11時のオープンでお客さまがいらっしゃいました。なかなかの盛況ぶり。
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隣のスペースではワークショップも行いました。こちらは、シルクスクリーンのワークショップを行う『やまさき薫』さん。普段から「図工の教室」ワークショップをされています。
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こちらは自然染めワークショップの『旅する服屋さん』。実際にここで自然染めを行っています。
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こちらは靴磨きワークショップを行っているFANSさん。一瞬だけ参加者が途切れた時間があったので、自分も靴磨きの指南をFANSの中澤さんにお願いしました。
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左が磨いた後、右側が磨く前。つま先の照り方が全然変わったのわかるでしょうか?つま先の色が落ちてきてボロっちくなっていたので、そろそろ寿命かしらん。。としょんぼりしていたのが、一気に蘇ってホントに嬉しかった!!
つい、クリーム塗るためのブラシと、磨き用のブラシの2種類をその場で買ってしまいました。
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来場してくださった方々も、満足して帰っていただけていたら嬉しいなと思いながら過ごした一日でした。

(山口倫之)

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2013年12月07日

Think with music #001 Musician, Takeshi Ueda (AA=) part 1

Think with music

We never know exactly what is the right answer to choose when we try to go towards our future. I think, that to choose what I believe is the right for myself among the choices I have can only bring out the best result. So, I want to hold on to the message that we should never give up and to have our own minds always.

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"All animals are equal"
Overwhelming energetic sound with a simple fair message, this is the style of music by Takeshi Ueda of AA=. Miyuki Toritani, a member of TTE, and a photographer of her friends Ken Shigematsu went to see him on one day in October. Here we share the conversation we had then.

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part 1 : All animals are equal
part 2 : War and Humanity
part 3 : Difference
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Social paths of Takeshi Ueda
Born in 1968, musician

1990-2006 Played as the bassist of the legendary band THE MAD CUPSULE MARKETS. Since their early days, the band had made challenges to advance into overseas music scenes by doing live tour and attending music fests. In 2003, during their EU tour, the band passed by the troops heading for the Iraq War in a highway parking in England.

In 2008, he started the new solo project called AA= to aim for the way of taking charge of everything he does in music. He's been pursuing new ways of creating music other than the mass consumption style, to fight against difficulties in global environment and human society.

In 2011, soon after 311, the Great East Japan Earthquake, he started the charity project named AA=AiD. He composed a new song "We're not alone" produced the song with his musician friends for free, and been continuing other charity work since then.

In 2012, he made a new song "The Klock" for the popular movie "Helter Skelter" directed by Mika Ninagawa.

Since 2012, he's been wearing an original Tee with the message of "anti- anthropocentrism"

In September 2013, AA= released the two new single "WARWARWAR" and "HUMANITY2" and releasing their 4th album by the end of the year. He says that we've got the band gradually after these 5 years after starting as his solo project (laughs).


In January 2014, he' s going to have a live tour #4

Official site http://www.aaequal.com/
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/aaequal
wikipedia Wikipedia

part 1 : All animals are equal
aa02.jpgHe named his solo project after a quate in the novel "Animal farm" by George Owell in the early 20th century.

Q1: All animals are equal
-I was surprised to see such simple four words. How did you come upon it?


It's originally a quote in a novel, and there's an animation movie based on it. I found it from a documentary about the campaign strategy of the two parties of the US. I've always liked "1984" by George Owell originally and knew the title of "Animal farm" but I've never read it. When I heard the phrase in the program, I wanted to read it, so this is how I met it.

In the novel, though the four words is used in the context of Communism and Marxism, ignoring it, it had so much impact on me. I even thought it such a holly words. You know such words can be used for both good and bad, but I decided to use it for my band name.


Q2: Roots
-I wonder what're the roots of you to find such words in your life.


I don't think I have particular roots for it, but there's something I've come to find it important as I've been doing the band work and met many kinds of people that... I think we can call a band an art for which we show our values by words and sounds with huge passion for something invisible like sounds or music.

The world of music is where everyone has his values for such things. But some people have different values. The bigger our former band grew, the more people with the different values gathered, when we had various kinds of confliction and collision.

Among these experiences, I've come to find what is important for me is keeping the pure mind to music or the faith to face music after many twists and turns of twenty years. I don't want to betray "the god of music" if there was him.

At the same time I felt it's really important to keep my theme clear and to hold my justice, without which I couldn't allow myself to create or play music though I know I have to use the word "justice" with care. After I decided to make the thought blush up and to perform them, I've got shifted so rapidly in such way.


Q3: anti-anthropocentrism
-The word you've been using for your message Tee.


It may be different from the strict meaning of the word, but I've been using it inspired by its image and their meaning I could catch.

When we go too selfish, the justice I think can't be existed, so I chose the word as a caution to myself not to forget about as well as a message. We have to think about it with whole of globe as well as our society. In addition to that, Anti-anthropocentrism is one of the words related to my justice. I know enough that it might cause danger to the world if we'd act perfectly as the word means, but to keep ourselves aware of it is important I think.


Q4: AA=AiD
-You've started AA=AiD, a charity action for 311 the Japan's great disaster, soon after it happened. Will you share the feelings and the thoughts you've got through it? And what do you feel the most strongly now?


I only did what I could, thinking of what I could support for the suffered people, which I'm sure that most of the people living at the moments thought and did. Since I'm a musician, I could bring such action quite impact in its own way and tend to draw your attention, but I think everyone living at that time did the same. I don't think I did something special.

"Yorisou", considering as how others feel, is so very difficult for there's a big difference between people experienced and didn't, or people lived there and didn't. We can easily say "Yorisou" with words, but apparently it's not such easy. So I'm sure that doing simply what I can do with my heart is the most important thing, which I could do.

I often have the chance to be asked to express my thoughts, and then I think about what my words might tell them, but only to find there's not much for it. Because many people suffered much more terrible experience than I, and I never think I can completely tell others about it.

However I could support those who went through such things by means of what I can do, which I think we only can keep doing for them. I often asked my speech, but I don't want to speak much.

On the contrary I expect that I can find something I can do more as I try to continue talking in that case, though I'm afraid I'd be wrong or make someone hurt because of my too much action... So I need to learn more.

aa03.jpg "I expect that I can find something I can do more as I try to continue talking in that case, though I'm afraid I'd be wrong or make someone hurt because of my too much action... So I need to learn more."

>>part 2 >>part 3
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written& translated by Miyuki Toritani from Think the Earth
photo by Ken Shigematsu from Qualia Pictures
translation supported by Tsu Lim, Kim Aira, and Ryan Poppen

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