#30 on XLR8R's 100 Best of 2015: Hamacide + ChaCha!!

Dec 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/

Syn Tokyo Bonenkai 忘年会 2015 Part 1!

Dec 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

Hatomasa Sake

MHD - Moet Hennessy Diageo

Syn at Hollywood Bowl with Duran Duran, Chic, and Nile Rodgers. Photos by Norico.

Oct 1, 2015

Photos by Norico

Franciacorta Music Lounge (25th September)

Sep 25, 2015

ARMANI / RISTORANTE Wine Lounge hosts a series of exciting events combining fine Ca Del Bosco sparkling wines with live music acts, intriguingly referred to as ‘forbidden combinations’ on the last Friday of every month. Syn offers this mysterious alliance of a live instrument expertly combined with a trend setting DJ, which surely makes for a fascinating evening of entertainment. A selection of delicious Italian tapas will also be prepared to complete the experience.


Saxophone : Akihiro Yoshimoto DJ : MEGUMILK


1ST STAGE 19:30 - 20:10

2ND STAGE 21:00 - 21:40


ARMANI / GINZA TOWER 10F, 5-5-4 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 03-6274-7005


Syn and Tina Guo team up for Uniqlo Shanghai

Sep 23, 2015

Syn did the music for Uniqlo Shanghai featuring amazing Chinese cellist and erhuist Tina Guo.

Check out the spot here.

Syn LA works with Fujifilm on Astalift spots starring Seiko Matsuda and Takako Matsu

Sep 11, 2015

Syn LA’s Seiya worked with director Shoda Yukihiro and composers Aska Matsumiya and Alberto Bof on these Fujifilm spots starring Seiko Matsuda and Takako Matsu.

Yukihiro Shoda https://vimeo.com/kirfilm

Aska Matsumiya Aska has worked on the critically acclaimed documentary, “The Wolfpack”, as well as on “Blanka”, by Hasei Kohki.




Nick’s new Native Instruments “KOMPLETE KONTROL S88” has arrived!

Jun 11, 2015

Native Instruments has sent our captain Nick Wood their new KOMPLETE KONTROL S88 master keyboard to try out. #ChristmasCameEarly ! Judging from the photos, he hasn’t wasted any time in giving it a test run. And judging from his blog post, he couldn’t be happier about the new “BEAST”!

“I’ve been waiting for this beautiful master keyboard for several months now, and whilst using the smaller 49 note baby brother was a good experience, I’m much happier with this 88 note weighted keyboard and this one is fantastic. The keys feel really good, nice weight and having control over many of my favorite NI sounds, editing and scrolling through the various libraries has never been easier! it makes you wonder why no one did this earlier? Spitfire audio is also joining NKS (NATIVE KONTROL STANDARD) with their new Albion One library. This new keyboard allows me to work in a much more efficient, effective and creative way! As libraries have become so large with so many options and editing sounds so complex, NI have really delivered something so simple, yet powerful with this new controller! I’m sure more and more sample libraries will join NKS to make this the new global standard.” - Nick Wood

http://www.native-instruments.com/en/products/komplete/keyboards/komplete-kontrol-s-series/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdHQFEZ0QcA http://nickwood.jp/

Photos by Norico

Parachute VFX & Syn collaborate on an homage to Tesla Motors

May 10, 2015

Director Sam O'Hare and executive producer Sara Eolin of Parachute VFX have teamed up with composer Alan Wolovitch, sound designer Alan Mawdsley, and producers Seiya Matsumiya and Kurt Pan to create this fully CG film as an homage to Tesla Motors.

Nick Wood, Syn’s CEO & creative director, orchestrated the aural elements of this global collaboration between Syn Tokyo, Syn USA, and Parachute VFX. The result is a breathtaking depiction of an eco-friendly future that takes over a dilapidated gasoline station that symbolizes the past.