The Interstice Podcast
I'm Your Host Dave Trippin, expat living in Japan. Thanks for joining us. Here on 'The Interstice' we take a good long look at what all this life is about. What better way to define that than our motto: explore, learn, create.
info_outline The Shrink Next Door, The Name Of The Wind, Don Bluth Animations | The Interstice Podcast Ep.59 07/19/2022
The Shrink Next Door, The Name Of The Wind, Don Bluth Animations | The Interstice Podcast Ep.59 Let's get to it EP.59. We are a little leaner this epsiode. For whatever reason I had a few less things to discuss. Perhaps a sign I need to crank up the adventure in my life. No biggy. I'll do it. That doesn't mean though what is here was not worth the talk. I have been reading and I have been watching a lot of great media recently which informed a lot of what comes up in this episode. Particularly a book called 'the name of the wind' known for being foundational as some of the best fantasy ever written and endorsed by Ursula K Leguin herself. More contempoarily I have watched 'The Shrink Next Door' starring Will Ferrel and Paul Rudd, an absolute master class in great story, suspense and art. To go back in time a little we finish the podcast on the topic of Don Bluth the director I've discovered who directed all of the major dark animations I enjoyed as a child. We turn over some rocks and we find some fascinating things.
info_outline Guest: Joe Keating | Designer | The Interstice Podcast Ep.58 07/12/2022
Guest: Joe Keating | Designer | The Interstice Podcast Ep.58 Joseph Keating is a fascinating man. Managing to develop a skill-set that expresses both his understanding of technical fields alongside the artistic is no simple task. We dicuss the kind of thinking that goes into creating the inside of retail stores as well as a his philosophy with it is for himself as opposed to a client. This was a good one. It may be the longest I've recorded to date.
info_outline Hiroshima, The Nuclear Bomb Museum, Wakeboarding, Odyssey | The Interstice Podcast Ep.57 07/03/2022
Hiroshima, The Nuclear Bomb Museum, Wakeboarding, Odyssey | The Interstice Podcast Ep.57 I'd never been to anywhere in Japan more south than Kobe until very recently. I finally got a chance to go to Hiroshima for the purpose of filming a wakeboarding tournament taking place there. Come August our studio is filming a major tournament in Kyushu so this was a great opportunity to see what the realities on the ground were for filming this kind of content. Being there gave us a chance to go to the war memorial museum which remembers the tragedy of the nuclear bomb being dropped on Hiroshima. It was a challenging and useful experience, totally unique. I thought I knew how I felt regarding the bombing. This gave a much clearer reflection for me to consider my thoughts regarding it.
info_outline Guest: Alan Algee | Director, Cinematographer, Educator, | The Interstice Podcast EP.56 06/21/2022
Guest: Alan Algee | Director, Cinematographer, Educator, | The Interstice Podcast EP.56 Alan is a friend who I've met since moving to Kyoto. This man has skill. When you look at his body of work it is self evident. Crisply composed and tuned to some of the best colouring you've ever seen, Alan is a pure pro. I particulary enjoyed in the course of our conversation getting into how Alan described his style having a melancholic quality to it. A quality which we both agreed does fit the Japanese aesthetic very well.
info_outline Guest: Adam Valois | Syrian Refugee Crisis Logistics Manager | The Interstice Podcast Ep.55 06/13/2022
Guest: Adam Valois | Syrian Refugee Crisis Logistics Manager | The Interstice Podcast Ep.55 Adam and I grew up together on Vancouver Island. It has been incredible to reconnect with him and discuss the absolutely mad path that he has taken through life. Like myself he was bit with the desire to seek out new horizons but where my path took my to Japan, his took him all over the world. There is so much to Adam's story that we cannot nearly cover it in this one episode but that does not limit its scale. Adam started his career assisting the UN in Zimbabwe which offered him a totally new sense of life and culture. He would then go on to assist in the Syrian crisis in a role which would see him allocating resources and working the execute the particulars of plans laid out for aid.
info_outline Guest: James Palmer | Mechanical Engineer | The Interstice Podcast Ep.54 06/06/2022
Guest: James Palmer | Mechanical Engineer | The Interstice Podcast Ep.54 Today's guest is James Palmer an old friend and mechanical engineer. He'll joined me to talk about mostly anything but then we ended up staying on the topic of education for quite some time. It will be fascinating to see how these systems develop going into the future as the freedom to information and education continues to grow.
info_outline Teacher, Creator, Student, Kendrick Lamar, Deep Fakes, The Northman | The Interstice Podcast Ep.53 05/30/2022
Teacher, Creator, Student, Kendrick Lamar, Deep Fakes, The Northman | The Interstice Podcast Ep.53 Teacher, student, creator, are these the elements which make up a fully actualized human being? In this episode I do my best to argue for that fact. Recently I saw a quite touching clip on instagram taken from a Louis CK's show and it was talking about love. I offer a few thoughts on that. Then we move into a discussion of deep fake technology and Kendrick Lamar's new album, specifically for the reason that he so originally blends these two elements together. And if that wasn't enough for you we hit up talking about the new cinematic masterpiece which is the Northman. A wickedly directed film from the guy who directed The Witch as well as The Lighthouse.
info_outline Hallucinogenic Honey. Antifragile, Limbic Friction, Unreal 5, Elden Ring | The Interstice Podcast Ep.52 05/23/2022
Hallucinogenic Honey. Antifragile, Limbic Friction, Unreal 5, Elden Ring | The Interstice Podcast Ep.52 Went all out on this episode and actually for once made a list of topics to work through. I like to dabble in books as a topic but it's often fun to make sure I try and get outside of that box. For that reason we go all over the place. Perhaps hitting the most meta discussion of all, what other podcasts have taught me. One Dr in particular is of great interest to me. His name is Dr Huberman and he works out of Stanford university. He has some really fascinating things to say on focus. Expect the podcast to move at a rapid pace in this episode. I was shocked to see how quickly the time past as I recorded it. Oh, and we talk about the unreal 5 engine and Elden Ring.
info_outline Haruki Murakami, Self Delusion, Koyasan, Kinosaki Onsen Town | The Interstice podcast Ep.51 05/16/2022
Haruki Murakami, Self Delusion, Koyasan, Kinosaki Onsen Town | The Interstice podcast Ep.51 We return. We get back up. We are on the horse. In the return of the podcast now heading towards the coveted 100 episodes we've got a few interesting topics. I had somehow avoided reading and any of Haruki Murakami's books, that was, until now. I have completed "Hard Boiled Wonderland And the End Of the World" it was great and ever a testament to not judging something until you've completed it. Further beyond the topic of reading, I've done some amazing travel recently around the Kansai region of Japan which took me to the Onsen town of Kinosaki and Koyasan, the most beautiful place I've ever been in Japan.
info_outline Guest: Caden Ostermiller | Graphic Designer| The Interstice Podcast Ep.50 03/20/2022
Guest: Caden Ostermiller | Graphic Designer| The Interstice Podcast Ep.50 Some years ago Caden reached out and offered to help me with my Youtube channel. He's since then done an immeasurable amount of helpful work for me and I'm forever in his debt for that. It was a pleasure to have him on the podcast to discuss a few things. Surprisingly social anxiety ended up being a large part of the conversation.
info_outline Fantasia Orchestra, New Gear, Netflix Arcane | The Interstice Podcast Ep.49 01/19/2022
Fantasia Orchestra, New Gear, Netflix Arcane | The Interstice Podcast Ep.49 We've quite a range of topics to discuss in this video. More projects have come to Garden Lab recently which I'm excited to share. I went to a live orchestra for the first time in my life (to listen to Fantasia no less). I recently completed the series 'Arcane' on Netflix and it was amazing and worth discussing for its narrative strengths and finally I go into a bit of detail regarding upcoming gear changes for the channel and who will be coming on as guests in the near future.
info_outline A Reflection On The Year And What's To Come | The Interstice Podcast Ep.48 01/12/2022
A Reflection On The Year And What's To Come | The Interstice Podcast Ep.48 Let's recap the year and talk about what's to come in 2022
info_outline Guest: Zane Johnson | Fashion Designer - Shodo Calligraphist | The Interstice Podcast Ep.47 12/23/2021
Guest: Zane Johnson | Fashion Designer - Shodo Calligraphist | The Interstice Podcast Ep.47 Zane is a fashion designer, calligraphist, and all around artist. Currently working out of Osaka Kansai region, he sees the relationship between function and meaning as mutually contributing elements to a distinct style. We discuss his journey, his process, and a bit of what has formed his approach to life.
info_outline The Interstice Podcast Ep.46 | Visiting Kobe University 11/15/2021
The Interstice Podcast Ep.46 | Visiting Kobe University In this video we go into discuss in full detail the upcoming project for Garden Lab working in collaboration with Kobe University along side an organic farm and business to create a sustainable business of bamboo field reclamation.
info_outline The Interstice Podcast Episode 45 | The Hero Of A Thousand Faces 11/06/2021
The Interstice Podcast Episode 45 | The Hero Of A Thousand Faces We are back at it. The Podcast is once again live and will be 4 times monthly posted. In the first half I discuss the iconic book I've been reading, 'The Hero Of A Thousand Faces'. In the second half we talk about where I am now employed and the expat community in Kyoto.
info_outline Guest: Jay | IT Specialist | The Interstice Podcast Ep.44 05/06/2021
Guest: Jay | IT Specialist | The Interstice Podcast Ep.44 Jay has spent a significant amount of his life here in Japan. In doing so he has climbed the IT ladder and finds himself now married and doing well. Through his experiences we come to understand better what that life's evolution looks like. He is a man. He is not a cat.
info_outline Guest: Josh Olufemii | VFX Artist, Youtuber | The Interstice Podcast Ep.43 04/15/2021
Guest: Josh Olufemii | VFX Artist, Youtuber | The Interstice Podcast Ep.43 Josh is one of those heroes of the interwebs, holding all us would be creators up with his incredible tutorials. If you've ever tried to learn anything on the adobe creative suite it's likely that you've come across Josh. His kind and straightforward demeanor sets the stage for a presence which treats others well while never hesitating to get down to business. Carving out a creative career with integrity is no small task and that is what Josh has achieved. Creators who do make it, owe a debt to Josh, for it's likely they've stood on his shoulders to get there.
info_outline Guest: Andrew Szeto | Skateboarder, Woodworker | The Interstice Podcast Ep.42 03/15/2021
Guest: Andrew Szeto | Skateboarder, Woodworker | The Interstice Podcast Ep.42 You get a person like Andrew when positivity collides with work ethic. Of the many things you could call this man: engineer, videographer, skateboarder, woodworker—lazy does not rank among them. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new skill, interest or craft. It is something wholly different to continue applying yourself past the initial spark which catches your interest. It takes real effort and commitment. Andrew has it, and he's got enough to share around. I could tell from our very first correspondence that Andrew was a man of vision, and getting a chance to glimpse in greater detail what that vision entails is totally engrossing. You may not personally pursue exactly what Andrew does, but his enthusiasm and clarity for the causes he champions, refreshingly reminds us that diligent execution, although the road less travelled, will always lead us home.
info_outline Guest: Robin Rauner | Kyoto Startup - Head Of Public Relations | The Interstice Podcast Ep.41 03/12/2021
Guest: Robin Rauner | Kyoto Startup - Head Of Public Relations | The Interstice Podcast Ep.41 Robin answers questions with the careful confidence of someone who considers well what's in their head before speaking. When you ask her about what led her to Japan, you notice something curious: while she describes her series of choices plainly, and as though any other might have made them, they are exceptional. Not many have travelled in her family. Where others might then see that as evidence as to why they should stay home, Robin saw it as her reason to go abroad. While not at all a Japanophile, Robin cares deeply for the country that she now inhabits. She's genuine, earnest and intelligent, embodying the kind of unassuming grace that has the habit of confounding people. Robin is a striking character, reminding us that strength's ability to overcome obstacles does not originate solely from force, but also calm, composure, and an appreciation for a good vegan dessert. Kyoto Eco Map https://www.kyotoecomap.org/ @kyoto_ecomap Pelgag https://pelgag.com/ @pelgag.cafe Taiwan Vegetarian Food Muku https://taiwansosyoku.wixsite.com/muku877 Shojin Café Waka http://www.oterahouse.com/cafe/index.htm
info_outline Guest: Victor | Photographer | The Interstice Podcast Ep.40 03/06/2021
Guest: Victor | Photographer | The Interstice Podcast Ep.40 Viktor and I have collaborated over the years on various projects. Although he is taking a break from it now, he is an excellent photographer and his travels around Japan have taken him to many beautiful places. Viktor prefers to emphasize the art in his work, and is incredibly weary of becoming overly concerned with reach. A noble consideration given the mental disorders arising these days which could easily be described as creatoritis. The conversation ranges far and we cover from what he feels his individual style is to questions of gear and technical aspects of the craft as well.
info_outline Guest: Tina Tokyo Diaries | Tokyo Youtuber | The Interstice Podcast Ep.39 02/28/2021
Guest: Tina Tokyo Diaries | Tokyo Youtuber | The Interstice Podcast Ep.39 Oh to speak Japanese at an N1 level, something Tina has been doing for years. She's attended some of the most famous universities in Japan and found herself a quite fascinating job to do while she pursues her creative passions.
info_outline Guest: Tyler Crane | Director, Film-Maker | The Interstice Podcast Ep.38 02/07/2021
Guest: Tyler Crane | Director, Film-Maker | The Interstice Podcast Ep.38 Tyler has a herculean work-ethic. That has led him to become one of the fastest evolving and in-demand film makers now working in Japan. He runs a studio out of Tokyo with an impressive range of international talent that are pushing the limits of what is possible in Indy Film production. We get into it all: influences, work flow, what keeps creating fresh. Don't miss this one.
info_outline Guest: Matt Jameson | Event Producer, Musician | The Interstice Podcast Ep.37 01/30/2021
Guest: Matt Jameson | Event Producer, Musician | The Interstice Podcast Ep.37 As an event producer, in these difficult times, Matt has had to adapt. Obviously live events are something we look back on fondly for the time being and if we do gather it is constrained to an online experience. Few would handle that pivot so well. Matt is an example of perseverance in the face of difficult circumstances. We did both agree though, there will be much room for celebration when the world can move past its current state and at that time I anticipate he will be touring and putting on amazing shows, as he not only plans the events but is a musician as well. One that enjoys a sweaty party like the rest of us. And what better time to have one of those than moving past a historically negative and traumatic experience like the one we are in now. Matt will rock us back to the light when the clouds pass and the sun comes out to shine.
info_outline Guest: Alessandro de Bellegarde | Kyoto Based VR film-maker | The Interstice Podcast Ep.36 01/23/2021
Guest: Alessandro de Bellegarde | Kyoto Based VR film-maker | The Interstice Podcast Ep.36 Originally from New-York, Alessandro is an Italian film-maker who has made his home in Kyoto for the last decade. Where his roots may lie in the classic cinematography style, in more recent years, he has left his mark in the burgeoning field of VR 360 film-making. Alessandro describes his work as a double act of translation: that of the medium in which he creates and connectively the Japanese content that comprises the majority of his work. He creates bridges to the past with a genuinely modern approach.
info_outline Guest: Nicolas James Watson | Japan Nomad | The Interstice Podcast Ep.35 01/18/2021
Guest: Nicolas James Watson | Japan Nomad | The Interstice Podcast Ep.35 Can you imagine long-boarding across a Japanese prefecture? Nicolas doesn't need to because he has done that kind of craziness. From near Olympic level swimming to travelling all over Japan, Nicolas' life may be one thing, but boring is certainly not it.
info_outline Guest: Willem Kranendonk | AAA Game Designer | The Interstice Podcast Ep.34 01/12/2021
Guest: Willem Kranendonk | AAA Game Designer | The Interstice Podcast Ep.34 Willem's career as a game designer could serve as a lesson to anyone seeking employment in an industry with a high barrier to entry. A man who simply would not take no for an answer and managed to carve out a career for himself in this highly competitive industry, he has now built a resume which would be the envy of anyone involved with the field.
info_outline Guest: Johannes | The Path Of A Software Engineer In Japan | The Interstice Podcast Ep.33 12/27/2020
Guest: Johannes | The Path Of A Software Engineer In Japan | The Interstice Podcast Ep.33 Johannes has an incredible story. From being one of the very first people to work on android, to designing his own game, he's had a storied career both in and out of Japan. For anyone interested in the IT landscape in Japan, Johannes' is an example of what is possible if you apply yourself.
info_outline Guest: Drew Wallin| The Unexpected Virtue Of Materialism | The Interstice Podcast Ep.32 12/23/2020
Guest: Drew Wallin| The Unexpected Virtue Of Materialism | The Interstice Podcast Ep.32 The guest today is Drew Wallin, a bilingual entrepreneur who's life is a case study in how truth trumps fiction when it comes to experiences beyond belief. We discuss materialistic habits and how they are often maligned as horrible. But is this necessarily true? Could elements of materialism actually ground us in reality and grant some insight into a life well lived?
info_outline Guest: Terrance Reynolds | Defining Your Path | The Interstice Podcast Ep.31 12/18/2020
Guest: Terrance Reynolds | Defining Your Path | The Interstice Podcast Ep.31 Today's guest is Terrance Reynolds. A man who in a few short years went from working an entry level teaching position to becoming a local celebrity DJ and then a software developer following that. There's no point in small dreams and Terrance is a study in that ideology. His instagram: terrancee95
info_outline Filling your Brain With Garbage, Charlie Chaplin, Pioneering Spirit | The Interstice Podcast Ep.30 12/02/2020
Filling your Brain With Garbage, Charlie Chaplin, Pioneering Spirit | The Interstice Podcast Ep.30 I'd say it's a healthy bet that most people are ready to move on to the new year. Mine wasn't exactly easy if I'm honest. That said, a lot has come out of it and I actually appreciate the events I was witness to in the course of reaching the proverbial finish line of December. No email responses in today's podcast. You and I, we haven't spoken in some time so I wanted to lean hard into pure conversation and some thoughts that have bounced around the plentiful free space in my head. I've read about three major books since last I uploaded and that has led to the ideal situation, I could not shut up about them even if I tried. From Caesar, to Wilbur Smith, to Charlie Chaplin's autobiography recently. I am so inspired by all these people. Titans of their world's each in their own right. But that's not all. What would a discussion be without speaking on the dangers of social media algorithms and the like. We go deep on the cast and I hope you enjoy getting lost there with me. Thanks for tuning in.