Three years ago at the age of 27 Masatane Muto was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS was first discovered in 1869 by French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot, but it wasn’t until 1939 that Lou Gehrig brought international attention to the disease.
A lover of music and DJ, Muto, who recently finished working at an ad agency, felt the desire to remain a communicator. Wanting to inspire people with disabilities, he uses special sensor-equipped eyeglasses that allow him to use smartphone apps with his eyes to select videos and music, executing commands by blinking. As a result of the amazing innovation, Muto calls himself the world’s first “eye video disc jockey.”
In September Muto performed at MOVE FES held at the world-famous Womb club in Tokyo. He was joined on the by fellow artists including eNBAND, Ram Rider, Realheart’s, MarcelloJonno, Response and Shuharihito.
During the course of his set in front of a screen that brandished his mantra: “No Limit, Your Life.”
“I want to break down barriers between disabled and non-disabled people,” Muto said. “I was able to do my best performance.”