“Mission” is a pretty unique track in your catalogue; reminds me slightly of “Seoul Music” and “Light In Darkness” by YMO with the vocal (?) samples used as rhythm and the creative rhythm. How did that track come about; unlike most of “Worlds In A Small Room” it doesn’t seem too closely related to the visuals? Please tell me Richard recorded you repeatedly slamming doors and typing!

I composed and demo’d the music (without a rhythm part) for ‘Mission’ in London on a 4-track machine prior to the recording taking place in Tokyo and perhaps even prior to knowing that the project was going to happen since it arose fairly quickly. We re-created the music in the studio then focused on the rhythm. The idea was to make the track sound industrial and weighty to coincide with the visuals of the space shuttle being hauled into position for take-off. We sampled a studio door slam and I believe the typewriter samples were in the programmer’s arsenal already. Richard’s breath (in and out) was also sampled as part of the rhythm, the room was then declared a toxic hazard zone for a number of days and recording very nearly aborted.

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