METAMORPHOSE 2007

HAPPENING

In the end of summer, I visited Metamorphose 2007 on Aug 25th and 26th. A great number of people attended more than ever as they celebrated 8th anniversary this year. I was wondering if this big event obtained its reputation or some kind of temporary boom while crossing the gate.

Metamorphose


An atmosphere of Metamorphose remains same since the first time, 8 years ago. Is this something done by the organizer? I am one of them who participate because of this atmosphere.

The uncommon world at the foot of Mt. Fuji where you can witness something you rarely see and listen to in your daily life. Brings me various memories not only music.

Metamorphose

Metamorphose is consisted of 3 stages:
SOLAR STAGE (Main stage, Large-scale live performance etc.)
LUNAR STAGE (Indoor, DJ, Laptop, VJ etc.)
PLANET STAGE (Outdoor stage most likely)
Each of the stages is distinguished and amusing.

Metamorphose

I started with ROVO at SOLAR STAGE in the dusk of the evening this year, and already in a festive mood.

Metamorphose

On the way to LUNAR STAGE for AUDION having a booze, I found a pretty cool installation that you can project your shadow. “Cube Ibstallation Prototype” by IMGSRC Inc.
They came up with this idea this year since they visit every time as their company-trip. They use a technique called processing. Just so beautiful path at night.

Metamorphose

A variety of decorations.
Top Left : Decorations nearby PLANET STAGE (Kurosawa-Gumi)
Top Right : Illuminations that react to passers in underpass (Satoshi Hama)
Center Left : Bright chair (Student from Tama Art Univ.)
Center Right Top : Toasting as they finish decoration works
Center Right Bottom : Human Mirrorball by Kurosawa-Gumi
Bottom Left : Decorating a tent
Bottom Right : Kurosawa Gumi’s illuminations along a path, and Works by IMG SRC
And also more different works including an installation by IAMAS students.

Metamorphose

Not excepting Richie Hawtin from the list, I shook off mellow temptation and went back to SOLAR STAGE. Of course, his performance met my expectation and I had a great time.

And so, followed by O.N.O (THA BLUE HERB), Q’HEY, Darren Emerson at LUNAR STAGE.

Metamorphose

Both laser and VJ works are so intense with sounds that excitement never dies down even just be there. DJ Darren Emerson and VJ Naohiro Ukawa particularly.
I went a hot spring in the back as got tired. (You could hear sounds from there as well!)

Metamorphose

My first visit to PLANET STAGE was at the break of dawn, however, I got a thick head because of the distance and flopped down. Listening to beautiful music by CALM.

Some friends enjoyed MODEL500 very much, and some like DJ Mayuri and others.

I was in another uncommon world after the event was over and came back to Tokyo. That reminded me of year 2000 when I saw Awa-odori in Kouenji on the way back from METAMORPHOSE thinking both the rave and this local traditional dance festival have something in common.
Hoping to enjoy thorough and thorough next year since I didn’t dance so much this time.

Metamorphose 2007
Date: 25th, 26th August, 2007
Place: Izu Cycle Sports Center
http://www.metamo.info

Text and photos: PHIRIP [warabimochi lovers club]
Translation: Yoshitaka Futakawa

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