The Hansa recording studio existed, as one music producer points out, “on the outpost of western civilisation”, standing virtually alone in a flattened wasteland beside the Berlin wall. One day, sound engineer Eduard Meyer turned one of the lamps out of the window and poked his tongue out at the guards. David Bowie and his producer Tony Visconti dropped to the floor and hid under the desk, recalls Meyer, with glee. “We thought we were going to be fired on by machine guns,” says Visconti, laughing.
The feature-length documentary Hansa Studios: By the Wall 1976-90 (Sky Arts, 9pm) was so evocative you could almost feel the herringbone flooring of the beautiful early 20th-century ballroom, Aka Studio 2, pulsating beneath your feet.