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August 28, 2018

My First Muse

I occasionally get asked what got me into playing the piano and tell people I was a boring kid with lots of time on their hands. While true, I think I've rediscovered something I also loved doing while I was a kid, watching Tom & Jerry.

So gorgeous, ugh!
Even watching Tom & Jerry more than twenty years later, it all makes sense. The whimsical storytelling, the music; it was something to look forward to when I grew bored of playing video games and school.

I'm 6000 miles away from home, alone in a hotel room watching, feeling the same way I did when I was younger.

February 7, 2018

Today, I'm 29



My light-hearted take.

January 18, 2018

Magfest

My messy suitcase
Taxiing to Bolt Bus in midst of a cyclone
It was really, really cold outside
Soundchecking with FLOOR BABA
My idols, bryface and SBthree
Catching up with my younger brother after a decade
Whopped his ass on Rival Schools, again
Drunk, in an elevator. Too bad my wallet got stolen!
Everybody's drunk

August 23, 2017

A Good Year


So far, at least!

Since the beginning of 2017, I’ve appeared on a number of compilations, as well as on GameChops with my piano transcription of Sonic 3's Hydrocity Zone. I felt reserved at first about writing music immediately after last year’s Weeklybeats but I still have the strength to keep going.

Also, I’ll be in Tokyo next month shaking my butt at Square Sounds Festival and drinking sake from sunrise to sunset.

Can’t believe the year’s almost over. Felt like I celebrated New Year’s just yesterday.

January 30, 2017

synchrony.nyc

The Chiptune Elite
'Twas a night in New York City and a privilege to perform amongst genii such as Claire Kwong, Emi, flow_mein and Corset Lore for a demoscene party hosted by Emi!

September 1, 2016

Harmonies of the Night

August was crazy fun! In between finishing my Weeklybeats submissions I dropped by two cool venues sponsoring my favorite musicians and friends. I spent two beautiful nights at the LWLVL festival dancing excessively with friends and playing beautifully crafted arcade machines. I wish I went to the first iteration in 2014 though.

The musicians, visual performers and organizers of LWLVL
A beautifully interface and arcade machine
Although I met a lot of new people my favorite moment was getting to take a picture with Fearofdark, stinkbug and bryface!

And then last week I went to the Smoothie Tunes x DESKPOP event at the acclaimed babycastles. Again, I spent the night dancing excessively but had the pleasure of eating free pizza!

ehiorobo's smooth voice is enough to make me melt
Maxo, a prophet in disguise

August 1, 2016

日本

I was in Japan for a 2-week long cultural exchange program and got back last weekend. While in Tenri I ventured to Nara City, Kyoto and Osaka.

Tenri University's campus
My room and futon at Tenri
I miss riding my bike through Tenri's shopping arcade
My $20 Minion burger and beer at Universal Japan
I wish trains like this existed in New York City
Realizing how tiny I am at Todai-ji
A maiko I spotted while in Kyoto
A boy I spotted in front of the Yasaka-jinja during the Gion Matsuri
Outside the Osaka Castle before climbing to the top
Chilling around Umeda in Osaka
Walking up the Fushimi Inari-taisha in the morning
I couldn't help but snap this at the Kiyomizu-dera
After the cultural exchange at Tenri University was over I took a shinkansen to Hiroshima.

Hiroshima's heartbreaking skyline
I visited Miyajima and watched the sun set with onlookers
Too bad my shinkansen for Tokyo left first thing in the morning; I wish I stayed in Hiroshima longer!

Having delicious pancakes, liquor and a latte at Square Enix's ARTNIA cafe
A street-crossing I fell in love with
The view from my room at the Park Hyatt Tokyo
I also went to the Railway Museum in Saitama
While in Tokyo I ran out of cash because I spent it in Ni-Chome. Otherwise it was a amazing 2½ week adventure I spent taking Japanese-style baths, chatting with locals (including my classmates from France, Ukraine, Spain, Taiwan and Thailand) and learning how to be a grown-up!

I'm already looking for a reason to back, maybe for longer...maybe permanently.