Today-ish (amongst laundry, salads, coffees, bath and vacuuming…)
* Setting up stereo (need sturdy table) * Making pickles (trying with kojo) * Investigating pre-school (not pictured)
Note: from this photo, rather hard to gauge the *massive* size/heft of this turntable and amp. Next step is reconnect speakers with lower gauge wires trim for appropriate placement tbd / Really need a hi-fi master/buddy to help proper set-up
Note: got behind on the pickle assembly line but in the meantime, got a few more jars into the flow by consuming the exceptionally perfect peanut butter (formerly) contained within
Various artifacts in situ, as seen in “Kura Grain Barn Art Studio / Music Lounge” (which needs a proper name).
Note: Inside the kura grainbarn studio/music lounge. It’s a magnificent 150+-year-old wooden structure but dang, gets hot and humid in the Japan summer and with so many books, records, papers, artifacts, etc, im working to keep the temperature and humidity under control. ~ Under 70% humidity now which is a big step as a few days ago it was over 80%! Still too high to be comfortable and ideal for sure. Have two fans and a dehumidifier going on timers, a whole bunch of those little packets of salty kind of stuff, and some other “boxes“ of dehumidifying agents. ~ Most of these items were stored in climate control storage for years so want to keep them in good condition and avoid any kind of unnecessary deterioration. Not a professional archivist but I’m doing what I can.
Here’s another in which I offer a variety of snapshots captured for no particular reason of records listened to from the variety grab bag. There are hundreds of records, this is not comprehensive representation, though it is representation that this experiences existed in some space and time. This is all, just evidence of lounging time w/ Strummer, Bragg, Bowie, Keithley and Assoc, Cobain and cohorts, Lightfoot, Fitzgerald, Mangan, Janovitz and Co, and many others. Pull em out, rack em up, repeat. So many, just a few here.
As an aside, before lil incredible Ichiro arrived, I was spending several-hours-long sessions in here getting projects captured and queued up for #daveo50 but now, the time is delightfully scant so it’s usually just focussed on sitting, enjoying a beverage and listening to a record or two.
Project: Upon turning 50 years old on August 16, 2020, Dave Olson (me, hello) is posting a photo (or maybe photos) a day / per year – starting with 1970 with intent of chronicling existence through various primary evidence sourced from studio portraits, class photos, ID / passport photos, or occasionally other “casual/group/random” shots when the above don’t exist in my archive (note: not “artificial intelligence,” really me, pulled from shoeboxes, journals, wallets and whatnot – diligently scanned and dated via glasses and haircuts, lightly annotated).
Had my first visitor to the grain barn studio the other day and we send greetings / this is Japan’s most interesting dude and the guy who saved/changed my life several times – the goat farmer, DJ, record collector, Dead Head, snappy dresser (usually) and chef Mac/Mak Kobayashi.
PS the studio/clubhouse/hideout needs a fresh name – ideas?
Continuing with chronicling collections of Collections￼ in the Kura Grain Barn turned studio (needs a new name) / now featuring: a working stereo and shelves laden with goodness, including: scrapbooks, journals, collections, vinyl, more vinyl and lederhosen.
Here’s a little overview:
Your buddy here has a new TEAC analog manual turntable, a now-working six disc CD changer,￼ Onkyo amp & tuner, working L *&* R speakers and a few hundred LPs / Not to mention endless CDs, a few boxes of cassettes (mostly by garage bands and so on￼), buncha 7” & 10” vinyl / also has a line-in 3.5mm jack if needed. Going to have fun up here with the new kiddo￼!
Secured a couple of cheap and cheerful bookcases to the wall with “L” brackets for safety
Started loading up with my *elegantly curated literature assortment* ™
Unboxed some selected CDs / mostly box sets and signed specialty items so far
At least everything is out of cardboard boxes and starting to readjust to the (dim) light
Also got a bit of art on the walls with a Bev Davies corner > stereo situation still need some love but… one revolution at a time￼￼
Day one of unboxing in the barn produced 21 hats and 13 scarves (categorizing the Arab head scarves as scarves rather than hats for the record – though, I suppose I could categorize the scarf-holding “ring” as a hat which would bring 22 for this batch)… Anyway, hang em up outside to give some fresh air.
Each of course has an origin story￼ / And yes, there are more in the barn, not to be confused with the dozen or so which are already in the house.￼ See any ones you like?
Update… Day 2: Well, scarves jumped out to an early lead but were quickly overtaken by cardigans, which were bypassed by super fun T-shirts and then hockey/soccer jerseys.
But overall the clear winner is scrapbooks, like so many of these. Can’t really look at them because too much memories to process all at once.
And bocce balls, ice skates, hockey helmet and sticks, and unused longboard have all surfaced.