Robert Millis has been playing guitar, making music from field recordings and old records, and making compilations of music from all around Asia for decades.

The musician and sound artist has also written books and made movies and sound installations about music and old recordings. Alongside that, he is also part of the underground musical duo Climax Golden Twins, which has been making experimental music since 1993. Now he has his sights set on acquiring some of the earliest recordings of Japanese music.

Millis, 53, is part of a disparate group of musicians in and around Seattle who started making, collecting and releasing music from around the world in the early 2000s. Based primarily around the record label Sublime Frequencies, these musicians mine the world's radio waves, junk shops, sidewalks and basement bars to find obscure and engaging music.