1982, the season from spring to summer. Two young men in the peak of their youth, eager to immerse themselves in the recording of a single cassette tape. In March of that year, Soichiro Suzuki and Michio Kojima began to claim the group name “World Standard”.
The music was produced in a room in Kojima’s parents’ house in Nishi-Ogikubo, Tokyo, making full use of ping-pong recordings on two cassette decks. With the focus on guitars, mandolin, and ukulele played by Suzuki, Kojima’s upright piano, which was placed in a room between Japan across the corridor, was occasionally added. In addition, percussion was recorded using the echoes of the bathroom; toys such as pianica and trumpets, and drums made of cardboard were used as musical instruments. In the background, the sound of the TV and the subtle sounds of everyday life were intentionally mixed into the music. Listening to the delightful performance-Kojima’s grandparents, who he lived with, occasionally opened the sliding doors and came to see the boys recording. have lunch together from time to time.
As they repeated their recordings while the tape turned, the young men felt like they succeeded in intercepting the soundscapes of the world-like a folklore in a far-off distant country to one corner of the city of Tokyo. They were so excited.