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Since the 1960s, countless musicians from throughout Europe and U.S. have made pilgrimages to the legendary Hansa Tonstudio on Potsdamer Platz. The recording studio's credits include major albums by David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Luciano Pavarotti, Nick Cave, David Byrne and U2, among many others. During the 1970s and 80s it was known as 'Hansa Studio By The Wall' -- a reference to the fact that it was adjacent to the Berlin Wall in a rough-and-tumble area of West Berlin. Nowadays it also operates as a record label and production company, and it has yielded several gold records (see above).
A visit to the Hansa Studios yesterday showed it to be a somewhat smaller operation than it used to be -- a downstairs studio had been converted into a multi-purpose event space -- but it has a warm, welcoming atmosphere that musicians seem to prize over the sterile surroundings of many modern-day recording studios. (Right: Hansa during the 1970s).