Music heavyweights launch new Goldsmiths studios

The Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths, University of London. Pic: Victoria Galvin

The Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths, University of London. Pic: Victoria Galvin

Stars of the British music industry have been in Lewisham to help Goldsmiths university launch its new music studios.

Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich was joined by the band’s bassist Colin Greenwood and Travis lead singer Fran Healy on Thursday evening at the launch.

Located on New Cross Road, the studios have been designed to be a creative space for research, performance and recording and will be open to both Goldsmiths students and members of the public.

Godrich, sometimes described as the ‘sixth member’ of Radiohead having worked on each of the band’s six albums, said: “I’m very excited to help launch the new Goldsmith Music Studios. A good studio is as important a place to a music producer as the laboratory is to a scientist.

“It’s fantastic that such focus and energy has been put into creating a real working commercial facility for the university which prioritises free time for students and can teach them the craft and magic of recording ‘out of the box’. I look forward to working there.”

Aside from his work with Radiohead, Godrich has produced music for other high profile artists such as Paul McCartney, U2 and R.E.M.

The New Cross-based university has earned itself a reputation for producing musical talent over the years, boasting alumni such as Blur lead singer Damon Alburn and the Velvet Underground’s John Cale.

More recently 2013 Mecury Prize winner James Blake and chart-topping Katy B have kept the tradition of success alive.

Mikko Gordon, head of the Goldsmiths Music Studios, is hoping the new equipment will enable the university to maintain its high standards.

He said: “The Goldsmiths Music Studios have been created to provide a creative and inspiring environment for musicians, and we’re delighted with the results.

“It’s fantastic that our students get to use this industry-standard complex as well as professional producers, engineers, artists and record labels across the industry.”

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