May 20, 2016
We are very proud to have produced the music for the film, which was shown at Turner's Upfront event at Madison Square Garden. This was a global undertaking that involved Syn Tokyo and Syn LA supervising real time recording of an 40-piece orchestra in Macedonia!
Making the track, a global affair
The project was truly an international effort. The video was directed by Klaus Obermeyer at Aero Film in LA, the music was written by Syn and orchestrated by Todd Hayen in Toronto. The piece was then performed by a 40-piece Macedonian orchestra while we listened in remotely from Toronto, LA, and Tokyo.
The video shoot for the brand spot, the edit, and the music scoring process were all going on simultaneously. It was a remarkably smooth process due mainly to the meticulous communication between everyone involved all across the globe.
The recording of the orchestra was an amazing experience that we would love to take part in again. The conductor of the Macedonian orchestra was brilliant, the musicians were all world class, and the technical operation of the overseas recording was very smooth. The result was an outstanding piece of music that we are all proud of.
May 19, 2016
Syn coordinated the Tokyo launch event of Goose Island Beer Company. Great beer, great food, great music, great people! #gooseishere #Syn25thAnniversary
Goose Island Website: http://www.gooseisland.jp/
Goose Island on sale at Rakuten: http://item.rakuten.co.jp/gooseisland/goose-subscription2/
March 11, 2016
March 11, 2016 is the 5th anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake that devastated Japan. Five years later, we are still remembering those we have lost while overcoming tragedy with a sense of hope for the future.
Nick Wood’s song “Hope (feat. Julian Lennon, Tetsuya Komuro, BEYOND Tomorrow Students)” was released in March 2012. All proceeds from video and music sales are donated to Beyond Tomorrow, an organization that supports orphaned children of Tohoku and helps them to become our leaders of tomorrow.
If you have not yet seen the inspirational video for “Hope”, you can watch it here, on this day of remembrance and healing. We hope you can find the time in your hearts to donate to BEYOND Tomorrow. Any little bit will help rebuild Japan and provide a brighter future for the children of Tohoku.
Thank you very much.
February 29, 2016
Check out this great article, by Sam Byford for The Verge, about the Talby phone that legendary industrial designer Marc Newson designed back in 2004. Syn designed the UI, and our CEO and Creative Director Nick Wood did the sound design and wrote theme song that was also used in the commercial.
Read more about Marc Newson and Syn here:
February 05, 2016
December 18, 2015
Hamacide + ChaCha's "Annie Gun (Yosi Horikawa Remix)" was #30 on XLR8R's Best of 2015: Top Downloads list. Hamacide + ChaCha's "Thirty Hours" EP will be featured in the Syn Library coming soon.
About Hamacide + ChaCha “Thirty Hours”
Hamacide + ChaCha’s second release, “Thirty Hours”, is a five-song EP that melds dreamy soundscapes, and abstract Mandarin Chinese into ethereal, beat-driven pop tunes. Although Hamacide is now based out of Tokyo, Japan, and ChaCha in Shanghai, China, the two still share a musical kinship that has grown even stronger and more experimental. Yosi Horikawa lends his hand with a sublime remix that hits hard while wrapping you in lush layers of sound design. Hamacide and ChaCha are long time collaborators. In 2012, they released their first collection of tracks, “You Me EP”. The title track quickly gained buzz with the help of Charles Lanceplaine’s documentary “Ordos”, which captured skaters in the untapped, and mostly uninhabited lands of an inner Mongolian ghost town. Lanceplaine’s short film saw over 451,000 plays worldwide, and was picked up by international news sites such as CNN and ESPN. This film and others can be seen on his Vimeo page [http://vimeo.com/51333291].
Beijing-based, Taiwanese multimedia specialist, Veeeky, designed the artwork for EP. Her vivid and disjointed exploration of the everyday adds yet another dimension to the landscape of “Thirty Hours”.
Download “Thirty Hours” at: https://hamacide.bandcamp.com/album/thirty-hours
Stream “Thirty Hours” at: https://soundcloud.com/hamacide-chacha/sets/thirty-hours/
December 15, 2015
Our work with Parachute VFX has been featured in Adweek for the second time! Syn composed the music and did the sound design for this beautiful film.
December 11, 2015
Syn Tokyo held a Bonenkai, literally means "forget your troubles and woes of the past year and look forward to the new year coming”, at Syn Cafe on December 10. A great time was had by all. Check out the photos and video from the festivities below.
Catering by Mama Luli
BrewDog Beer on tap