Earlier today the weather was looking a bit sketchy – I had to vacate my hotel room by 11am but couldn’t move into my Air BnB apartment until 3pm so I left my bags at the hotel and figured I’d go recording…. Except the light rain put the brakes on that plan…
Being close to Tokyo station meant I was also close to Tokyo Forum – a building containing concert halls and conference rooms along with a truly epic enclosed space…. So I took respite here for half an hour, hoping the rain would disperse….
The building is ingenuously designed in that there is a very gently sloping walkway, and after wandering up it for five minutes I was wondering why I was sweating so much… and then realised I had climbed a 7 story building without otherwise noticing!
Along that walkway was a series of historical photos from when the building was opened…
and one caught my eye
If I ever have to shoot a group photo I am going to insist on at least one take using this pose!
The photo is labelled ‘radio calisthetics’ but it might as well say ‘1980s music video’
The acoustics in this space were so beautiful, completely diffuse and subdues by the volume of air and frequency roll off with distance… only the occasional sharp action actually triggered an overtly reverbant sound, everything else was subsumed by the sheer volume of oxygen….
Thankfully by the time I had regained consciousness the rain had disappeared & off to Ginza I wandered..