Sitting in his home recording studio in Tokyo, surrounded by dozens of instruments that he has collected over the years (from vintage keyboards, bird whistles and rattles to a Tibetan singing bowl and a portable pipe organ built especially for him) and a computer to record them all, Morgan Fisher is in the center of his universe.

Fisher, 63, has had considerable success as a keyboard player and composer. He was a pop star in the 1960s, a rock star in the '70s and '80s; and for the last 35 years he's been constantly performing and putting out albums as a solo artist or in collaboration with Japanese and other musicians around the world.

Printed across his orange T-shirt is his bold philosophy: "I don't know what I'm doing." And that, he says, is exactly the way it should be.