PJ Harvey

Posh Punk PJ Harvey To Record New Album In A Glass Box

The Guardian is reporting that ‘Posh Punk’ PJ Harvey is to record her new album in a ‘glass box’ recording studio with visitors able to watch what is happening.

Collaborators ‘Artangel’ say it will be a

“mutating, multidimensional sound sculpture”, as Harvey, her band, producers and engineers work on Polly’s first album since 2011’s album, Let England Shake.

Harvey came up with the concept of inviting the public to watch what will be, in effect, an architectural installation.

Harvey said: “I want [it] … to operate as if we’re an exhibition in a gallery. I hope visitors will be able to experience the flow and energy of the recording process.”

Harvey’s studio will be a box in a wing of Somerset House in London that was once used as the Inland Revenue’s staff gymnasium and rifle range.  The glass will be ‘one way’ so Harvey and her band will have no idea whether they are being watched or not.

Recording in Progress will take place at Somerset House from 16 January to 14 February with visitors paying £15 for a 45-minute time slot between 3-6pm on Tuesdays to Fridays and between 1-3pm on Saturdays. The BBC says that Around 3,000 tickets were available for the event, all of which sold out within a few hous of going on sale, said a spokeswoman for Somerset House.

It will be interesting to see how this project works out.  If the band are recording whole songs ‘as live’ but if short pieces are being recorded for tracking and mastering it could prove about as interesting as watching the grass grow.

[Image – CAMERA PRESS/Phil Poynter]

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

4 thoughts on “Posh Punk PJ Harvey To Record New Album In A Glass Box

    1. The Sound of Summer Post author

      I agree. A very interesting experiment. I guess that it is to be seen as a part of the artistic process. I look forward to seeing how it works out for her. I suspect that when the artistic juice is flowing it may be interesting to watch. If you happen to be there when they are doing the technical aspects then it might feel like you are watching an artist contemplating a blank canvas. Time will tell. 😀

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