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Vintage UK Recording Studios In Pictures

These photographs capture vintage recording studios that are still operating in the UK today…

In the age that we live in technology has become so compact, widespread & available that it’s now possible to record a studio quality album using only a laptop. One would think that this would eliminate the need to spend large amounts of money to rent out a studio on a day-by-day basis. Prices have been cut but that being said, many studios prevail today and it’s down to the fact that there’s nothing quite like the creative process of recording in an actual studio.

Guardian/Observer photographer Katherine Rose travelled the country, photographing vintage recording studios of all shapes and sizes, commercially run and privately owned, still operating today and steeped with heritage over the decades.

From an isolated environment-inspired space built on a swamp in Bath, to a studio inside the hull of a ship on the Thames, check out a selection from the images below.

Real World Studios, near Bath Founded by Peter Gabriel, and ‘designed to offer an environment that is sympathetic to the creation of music’

 

Lightship95 studio, moored at East India Dock in London, this studio is built into the hull of a 1930’s steel boat

 

Toe Rag studios in Hackney, east London A view of the aged, analogue hardware. Most of it dates from the 60s or earlier and was used by the White Stripes to record their 2003 album, Elephant

Toe Rag studios in Hackney, east London
A view of the aged, analogue hardware. Most of it dates from the 60s or earlier and was used by the White Stripes to record their 2003 album, Elephant

 

CaVa Sound Studios in Glasgow Opened 40 years ago, it has been used by David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers and most major Scottish bands

CaVa Sound Studios in Glasgow
Opened 40 years ago, it has been used by David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers and most major Scottish bands

All Photos via The Guardian, a full gallery can be viewed here