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Recording in Progress

We collaborated with PJ Harvey to bring into public view the process of recording of her album creating a room within a room. The space was designed to make the bring the public as close as possible without the band knowing the public was present and vice versa.

Visitors saw and heard this process as Harvey, her band, producers and engineers worked together in a glazed studio installed at the centre of the space. For forty-five minutes at a time, groups of people experienced the crafting of a record, which could have been anything from laying down a bass drum track, to discussions, improvisation, through to full performances of new songs.

One-way glass and sound proofing ensured that the musicians could concentrate on their work, but the space – previously the Inland Revenue’s staff gymnasium and rifle range – and the people who moved through it helped to create both the process and presentation of this project.