“Cyborg Dream”: An animated journey through Japan’s Art and Cybernetics

The “Cyborg Dream” animation by Fabiola Sangineto is a fascinating project that inspired me to compose a unique soundtrack. The concept of the animation is a dream of a cyborg child encountering technology, and the dualism between human and robotic elements is inspired by Japan, drawing from both ukiyo-e art and cybernetics.

What struck me most about the animation was the circular shape that indicates the repetitive nature of the temporal loops we live in, using the principle of the Phi phenomenon (φ) that creates the illusion of movement through the rapid succession of images in sequence. The dream takes place in a city transitioning from the Edo period to a hyper-technological future, portraying the connection between the past, present, and future.

Phi phenomenon

“The so-called phi phenomenon is an illusion of movement that arises when stationary objects—light bulbs, for example—are placed side by side and illuminated rapidly one after another. The effect is frequently used on theatre marquees to give the impression of moving lights.”

To complement this unique vision, I composed a soundtrack that blends cyberpunk and dreamy elements, creating a soundscape that mirrors the duality of the animation. The music takes the listener on a journey, starting with a hypnotic and cinematic opening, building up to a powerful, distorted and energetic climax, and closing with a sense of introspection.

I’m excited to share that the artwork for “Cyborg Dream” is also available as an NFT, allowing collectors to own a unique piece of this exceptional project. Additionally, during the Design Week in Milan, the animation will be on display at the Arco della Pace in Parco Sempione from April 17th to 23rd, giving visitors a chance to experience the dream for themselves.

Overall, working on this project was an incredible experience, and I’m proud of the final result. The collaboration between Fabiola Sangineto and me resulted in an animation that seamlessly blends technology and art, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it.

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