Art bazaar in Yokohama

Through Nov. 24, the Koganecho Bazaar is being held around the area between Koganecho Station and Hinodecho Station on the Keikyu Line in Yokohama.

This is an art festival hosted by the Koganecho Management Center, an NPO that uses art to revitalize the Koganecho urban area of Yokohama’s Naka Ward.

From the days following World War II, the Koganecho area was known for its prostitution and drugs.

At its peak, there were about 250 small shops being used as brothels. Since then, the Association for Hatsunecho, Koganecho and Hinodecho Environmental Cleanup, in cooperation with the region, government, police, universities and others, has continued its efforts to revitalize the area.

With the city’s everyday spaces as a stage, the festival has been held every autumn since 2008, and to date organizers have invited a total of 90 groups of artists, curators and architects from Japan and abroad. With an organization plan that considers creation to presentation as a consecutive process, the festival examines current issues raised by contemporary art.

The markets underneath the elevated railway tracks are particularly popular with visitors.

During the bazaar, several events such as talk sessions with artists and guided tours of works of art are held.

A passport to observe the exhibitions is available at ¥700 per person at the Bazaar Bazaar information center, a studio under the elevated tracks, and at other sites.

For more information, visit www.koganecho.net/contents/koganecho-bazaar .


Play along with Casio apps

Casio Computer Co. has released iOS apps that let users play musical accompaniments to their favorite songs.

The apps called Chordana Tap and Chordana Viewer are available as both a free app and fee-based app, which costs $9.99 at the Apple App Store.

Employing Casio’s proprietary Chordana music analysis technology, the apps can detect musical chord progressions by analyzing the frequency characteristics and temporal changes of an audio file. Users can then play along as an accompanist when playing back songs stored in iOS devices.

The free app enables users to play the chord progression of a song by tapping a virtual instrument on the screen along with a musical accompaniment guide. And the app guides the user through the song using a variety of color-coded chords.

The fee-based app automatically detects chord progressions and displays them on the screen as a chord chart. If the user wishes to change the musical key, the chords also change automatically, allowing easy production of chord charts to suit the performer.

For more information, visit casio.jp .

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