Howard Kern “Howie” Day is an American singer-songwriter. Beginning his career as a solo artist in the late 1990s, Day became known for his extensive touring and in-concert use of samplers and effects pedals in order to accompany himself. He self-financed and self-released his first album, Australia, in 2000. (Wikipedia)
As David Bowie’s official photographer 1972-1973, Mick Rock is in some ways the guardian of Bowie’s image. This model presents TASCHEN Gallery’sMick Rock: Shooting for Stardust, The Rise of David Bowie & Co. From formal portraits to intimate candids and backstage life to dazzling performance shots, many of the brilliant photographs have never been seen by the public. The images offer a rare look into the life of an experimental rock star through the lens of a talented photographer. The exhibit is a wild and colorful collection that will allow Bowie’s brilliance to shine on in the minds of visitors for years to come. David Bowie gained popularity in the late 1960s for his constantly morphing persona and his bold music choices, all of which kept him in the limelight for the over forty years. Bowie’s iconic image set the standard for embracing individuality in the music scene, inspiring many artists after him. He sold over 140 million albums throughout his career with famous hits including Let’s Dance, Changes, Under Pressure, and Life on Mars. His most recent album, Blackstar, was released two days before his death in January 2016 and was intended as his parting gift to the world. (Matterport)
Monnow Valley Residential Recording Studio is excited to announce we have partnered with American producer/mixer and three-time Grammy award winner, Andrew Scheps (Adele, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, U2, Justin Timberlake).
Andrew first worked at Monnow Valley Studio in 2007, returning on numerous occasions in the interim years. “I fell in love with the rooms at Monnow Valley and immediately knew the Neve would sound amazing there,” said Andrew. “When my move to the UK became concrete, I called Monnow Valley and we struck the deal. It’s great to see the equipment sitting next to one of my favourite live rooms.”
Andrew has spent the last 20 years rescuing gear from studios forced to shut their doors such as Sound City, Ocean Way Recording and Signet Soundelux. The centrepiece of his collection and the re-fit is a 64 channel Neve 8068 Mk II complete with flying faders. In addition to this Monnow Valley has inherited a fantastic selection of vintage Pultec and Lang EQ’s, Urei and RCA limiters, as well as valve classics from Neumann and AKG. Additional acquisitions include a Neve BCM 10 with 10 x 1073 modules, a pair of RCA Ku3a’s and a wide selection of boutique Mic’s, Compressors and EQ’s.
The install was overseen by studio co-manager Tom Manning alongside studio tech Richard Griffiths (ex Olympic Studios) and engineers Matt Glasbey, Curtis Elvidge, Liam Ross and Beau Blaise. Tom and Andrew designed the new layout installing Pro Tools HDX2 with 64 i/o. New solid oak flooring has been laid in the control room complementing the unique organic design which flows through the studio.
The move to the UK provides Andrew with the best of both worlds… these days he prefers to mix in the box but Monnow Valley also provides him with a huge live room for tracking projects. Monnow Valley, however, is far from Andrew’s own private studio and is still very much open for business. With word spreading about the re-fit, producers are eager to book in sessions.
“Whilst many studios are having to diversify or close completely, I am delighted that Monnow Valley will not only continue to provide our clients with a wonderful space to create, we have been able to expand into a place which now surpasses all our expectations,” says studio owner Jo Riou. “Andrew has brought something very special to this small corner of Wales and our vision is for it to continue for years to come.”
Since opening its doors in 1975, heritage studio Monnow Valley has been one of the UK’s leading residential facilities, playing host to artists including Black Sabbath, Oasis, Robert Plant, Simple Minds and Biffy Clyro.
The residential accommodation has also been upgraded whilst retaining its country house appeal. “Our clients love the home from home vibe at Monnow Valley,” says studio co-manager, Megan Griffiths. “We have seven lovely bedrooms, a spacious lounge and dining room, a gym, plus 3 acres of gardens and the beautiful River Monnow (including a mile of game fishing) on our doorstep.”
Clients also have the option of sampling our bespoke menus created by our in-house chef, or for those on a budget the studio continues to offer self-catering facilities. Having just the one studio guarantees artists complete privacy without the feeling of being completely isolated – the idyllic market town of Monmouth is less than 3 miles away.
Synonymous with its unique live room, picturesque setting and now enviable equipment list, Monnow Valley and Andrew Scheps have combined forces to present a world-class facility that offers the very best in vintage and modern residential recording.
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Celebrate the music of our nation with Volume: Making Music in Aotearoa, the first-ever major exhibition of New Zealand music. A homegrown, hands-on, ears-on exhibition, Volume explores the soundtracks of our lives through vibrant and interactive displays. Volume takes you on a musical journey, starting with today, and winding back through the decades to the 1950s. Hear the songs that you’ve fallen in love to, broken up to and everything in between. (Auckland Museum) Captured by: Property3D
Steinert Hall is an underground concert hall found in Boston, Massachusetts. Nicknamed “The Little Gem,” Steinert Hall was originally built in 1886. During its heyday, the hall featured musicians such as Russian pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, along with former prime minister of Poland and Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski. NBC’s TODAY took a tour of Steinert Hall, which has been closed to the public since 1942. (Matterport)