Today I was looking around the studio, mentally logging every piece of equipment, its value to me and the use I make of it, when I realised that while I’m very familiar with it (as if I was born with it) most of it actually comes from Japan.
Brand names like Akai, Korg, Casio, Yamaha, Atari, Roland are common in my studio. Other names like DBX, Tannoy, Drawmer and Ursa Major conjure up the USA or UK as country of origin and manufacture while my microphones and their stands are made in Germany.
I liked the thought that all these machines have been designed, built and assembled by fellow japanese people and I kind of imagined them in white shirts with rulers and papers, discussing the design of the TR808 or the memory allocation on the S1000 etc.. so this morning I thought of my studio as ‘Little Japan’.
This gave the whole place a new dimension and I felt a lot less lonely as a result!