Jan 9, 2012
So we know that Peter Gabriel writes and records in a shed – how about David Gilmour ?
Well his studio is on a boat.
And what a boat… well, houseboat. Watch the video and see.
Once you’ve finished wiping the drool off your keyboard, you may be thinking –
“Well it’s pretty bloody obvious why he writes on a boat, Ian – and, if I’d sold 50 million copies of Dark Side Of The Moon, I think I’d record on one, too.”
Rewind. Go back.
Listen again to what he says at 3’12″
In case you didn’t bother, I’ll tell you.
“We have made most of two Pink Floyd Records in this tiny room”
NOT in that enormous, beautiful control room, with it’s analogue tape machine, massive monitors and zillion-channel desk – they did all the recording in the tiny little room next door.
Sure, the technology was in that lovely big room, but the noises were made in a space not much bigger than your spare bedroom.
And they sound lovely. Don’t believe me ? Watch this – all the way through, mind you.
Now OK, I know that’s not technically a Pink Floyd song, but it’s David Gilmour still, recording superb-sounding music, in that same tiny little room – where I don’t even see any acoustic treatment, actually. Some soft furnishings and carpets, maybe. It probably has decent proportions.
[Edit to add - actually, as Richard points out in the comments, that might well be a broadband absorber above David's head (rockwool in a frame, to you and I) and perhaps even some foam in the corner behind - so, let's qualify that and say there's only minimal acoustic treatment :-p]
But at the end of the day it’s a real space, not so different from real spaces you have access to – and it’s where a musician who could literally record anywhere in the world chooses to make his records.
Yes, there are some nice mics, and a lot of expensive gear on the other end of the mic cables, but that’s not why those records sound great. Decent mics and converters are very affordable these days, and even David was recording to digital, just like the rest of us.
The recordings sound great because they’re great instruments, with great performances, recorded with care and attention to detail.
And that’s something we can all make happen.
Tell me about your unconventional but great-sounding recording spaces in the comments !
(Thanks to Bobby Owsinski for posting the original video)
PS. Here’s another great album recorded in a great, real space: