Biography

Baiyon

The Kyoto-based, Japanese multimedia artist, Baiyon is an active sound producer, creative director, art director, game designer and DJ. He is not bound to any single media.

Having made his musical debut in 2004 with the film Moog, a documentary about the legendary synthesizer maker, he has since branched out to many different artistic endeavors.

His work includes original music releases, musical score collaborations in various mediums expanding on his unique musical style remixing a wide range of music, from the works of Chilean-born Techno/House music producer of Ricardo Villalobos to and classic fighting game Street Fighter II.

Baiyon has run his own label, Descanso, for many years. It has produced various releases, remixes from other labels, and curated live performances across the globe.

He later went on to collaborate on video game projects with Q-Games as sound and art director with his now legendary titles PixelJunk Eden and PixelJunk 4am in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Quickly following this, he went on to compose for LittleBigPlanet 2.
Additionally, he was selected as one of fifty important game industry people by Game Developer magazine.

Not to be tied down, Baiyon has had his storytelling designs featured in artworks and character designs along with various collaborations and have gained global media attention. He is also currently working on an original apparel brand, “Whisper Not”.

Now after 15 years as a freelance artist, Baiyon has joined Q-Games to take on a role as creative producer and continues to apply his unique artistic sense to creating remarkable games.

Baiyon creates worlds that combine not only graphics and product design fused with music, but also visual arts, that has achieved praise from all over the world.

 

2004

Contributed track for the documentary film “MOOG” featuring original opening and ending themes.

2005

Participated in Spring Reverb Festival in San Diego. Live performances in Los Angeles and Tijuana, Mexico

Appearance in DUBLIN ELECTRONIC ARTS FESTIVAL, Dublin, Ireland.  Performed together with galaxy to galaxy (UR), Mark Broom, others.

Performance at shobo shobo event in Paris, France.

“CANADA vs JAPAN LIVE PAINTING EXPO” Live painting performance at Aichi Expo 2005.

2006

Release of 1st Album & 7 inch EP “Like a school on lunch time” Mastering by Stephan Mathieu, Artwork by manga illustrator Tsutomu Nihei (Biomega / BLAME!).  EP included exclusive track with doseone (Anticon) and Nakahara Masaya (hair stylistics).

Independently produced single “under the bridge / playground at dusk” wins Qwartz Electronic Music Awards Video Clip Prize.

2007

Took part in Ryuichi Sakamoto’s STOP-ROKKASHO music project.

Second appearance at DUBLIN ELECTRONIC ARTS FESTIVAL in Dublin, Ireland.

2008

Goshoguruma EP released by Tokyo-based Techno label WC Recordings. Appeared first on domestic music download site Higher-Frequency.com’s total sales chart.

S Soup EP released by Ireland-based Techno label D1 Recordings.

Art design and sound direction for Playstation 3 software title “PixelJunk™ Eden.” Performed various roles on the production of the game title, receiving international attention among gaming audiences.

ANIPLEX Records release of “PixelJunk™ Eden ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK” in Japan.

DUBLIN ELECTRONIC ARTS FESTIVAL in Dublin, Ireland.  Third appearance at the event, performing together with MODEL 500, Laurent Garnier, others.

PixelJunk™ Eden chosen as Official Selection for 12th Japan Media Festival’s Entertainment Category.

PixelJunk™ Eden nominated for various international game awards.

Digital download album PixelJunk™ Eden ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK (Sony Computer Entertainment America) on sale.

2009

GDC 09 / 2009 Game Developers Conference – lecture on PixelJunk Eden: Baiyon’s CMYK vision.

“PixelJunk™ Eden Encore” announced.

“PixelJunk™ 3in1 Pack” on sale in Asian regions outside Japan (Hong Kong、Singapore、Taiwan and SCEAsia territories)

CEDEC 2009 / CESA Developers Conference – lecture on PixelJunk Eden: Baiyon’s CMYK vision.

Korea Games Conference 2009(KGC2009)– lecture on PixelJunk Eden: Baiyon’s CMYK vision.

Selected as inportant game industry people 50 by Game Developer magazine.

Creates Descanso new music label.

 

AWARD

-Baiyon under the bridge / playground at dusk PV,2006 / produce

<Qwartz Electronic Music Awards / France>
-Video Clip Prize Category


-PixelJunk™ Eden / Game for PS3,2008 / art direction&sound direction

<12th Japan Media Arts Festival>
-Entertainment Category Official Selection

<Independent Games Festival(IGF) / Nomination>
-Excellence in Visual Art
-Excellence in Audio

-Technical Excellence

<IGN.com Best of 2008 / Nomination>
-Most Innovative Design
-Best Platform Game
-Best Aftermarket Support

<Game Developers Choice Awards / Nomination>

-GDC Best Downloadable Game

<7th Annual G.A.N.G Awards / Nomination>
BEST INTERACTIVE SCORE

<8th ANNUAL NAViGaTR AWARDS / Nomination>
-Art Direction in a Game Engine
-Control Precision

-Game Original Action

<KGC Awards(Korea) / Nomination>
-Game Design(Innovative Designer)
-Programming(Innovative Programmer)