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.
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