From 5:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., one of the first things you'll notice walking into our factory and company headquarters is the sound of bags being made: sewing machines humming, bartack machines thumping, fabric saws buzzing, plotters beeping, 3D printers building. Together, these sounds are their own kind of symphony: noise, for sure, but music to our ears.
There's nothing quite like the sound of manufacturing, of bags being made: it has a determined, relentless quality. The experts and longtimers amongst our production team can assess the state of "the floor" (the sewing crew) by listening to its rhythms. It motivates some of us (3:00 p.m. and beyond is too quiet); it drives some of us nuts (head phone, closed windows).
It's a collection of sounds, we realized some months ago, that's rare. Not everyone gets to hear what a busy factory sounds like. And we thought to ourselves, that's just not right. Everyone should get to hear this.
To that end, we asked Daniel L.K. Caldwell, the genius who scores the music for our videos, if he'd come down to the factory with his audio equipment and record its sounds. We weren't sure how it would turn out: a collection of sounds? A song? Something in-between? What it became was a collection of sounds, guided slightly by Daniel's sense of music—the perfect introduction to the sounds of the TOM BIHN factory.
If you like what you hear, you'll just have to come visit us someday for more.