Mototanaka Dérive

S.R.T. Corporation - Sadder but wiser. Reform. Take hold company.
Shot in Super 8, the film documents an aimless walk through one of Kyoto's former outcaste neighbourhoods, which continues to exist below normal Japanese living standards. Despite pro-active legislation, people from families associated with such areas can experience discrimination. The soundtrack was created using a self-built apparatus we call 'The Octopus'. Voltages from light sensors on the projection screen control an analogue modular synthesizer allowing the film itself to act as a score.

  • Michael Lyons
  • Michael Lyons
  • Michael Lyons
  • Malte Steiner
  • Project Type:
    Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    4 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 22, 2014
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Super 8
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • The 8 Fest
    Toronto, Canada
    February 1, 2015
  • 37th Big Muddy Film Festival
    Carbondale IL
    February 28, 2015
  • 13th Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival
    Iowa City, Iowa, USA
    April 10, 2015
  • Cinema Perpetuum Mobile International Short Film Festival
    Minsk, Belarus
    April 17, 2015
  • 22nd Chicago Underground Film Festival

    May 15, 2015
  • Wellington Underground Film Festival
    Wellington NZ
    May 21, 2015
  • Montreal Underground Film Festival
    Montreal, Canada
    May 23, 2015
  • Unseen Zinema III
    Madrid, Spain
    June 19, 2015
  • Altered Aesthetics
    Minneapolis, USA
    June 23, 2015
  • International Film Festival of Patmos
    Island of Patmos, Greece
    July 23, 2015
  • WNDX Festival of Moving Images
    Winnipeg, Canada
    September 24, 2015
  • Architecture Film Festival, Cinemateca Portuguesa
    Lisbon, Portugal
    October 1, 2015
  • Transient Visions Festival of the Moving Image
    Johnson City, NY, USA
    October 16, 2015
  • Antimatter [Media Art]
    Victoria, BC, Canada
    October 16, 2015
  • International Festival Signes de Nuit
    Paris, France
  • Without Words Film Festival
    Metz, France
  • Combat Festival International du Court-Métrage
    Josselin, France
  • Independent Days International Filmfestival
    Karlsruhe, Germany
Director Biography - Michael Lyons

Michael Lyons is a researcher, artist, and educator based in Kyoto, Japan. More information is available at

Add Director Biography
Director Statement

The soundtrack was made using 'The Octopus' optophonic apparatus, in collaboration with Malte Steiner. A video demo of the Octopus is available at: