A recording studio in Gloucestershire has been launched with a pledge to contribute 100% of its bookings to carbon capture projects as part of efforts to tackle climate change.
Migration Studios in the Cotswold village of Brockhampton claims to be the world’s first studio dedicated to carbon capture.
The installation will provide funds to Platform Earth, an environmental arts charity, which produces exhibitions and projects that promote the reduction of the carbon footprint of the UK arts industry.
Located at Cotehay Farm, the main studio features a large control room and living room with a 5.5m gabled cathedral ceiling. An additional production room can be rented in conjunction with the main studio for writing camps and larger groups.
With the exception of the patch bay and studio monitors, all music equipment and studio furniture was purchased second-hand.
As part of its launch, the studio’s first session saw 20 musicians, producers and instrumentalists record a track under the name The Migration Orchestra for a documentary on the creative process directed by Italian filmmaker Carlotta Bianchi.
The session was sponsored by Gloucestershire cider brand Dunkertons Organic Cider, while additional production space for the event was provided and sponsored by music and audio product group Focusrite.
Migration Studios chief production officer and co-founder Richard Jahn said, “Migration Orchestra seeks to connect musicians with collaborative music creation, which, due to the pandemic and other factors, has most often fragmented musical creation into largely solitary endeavors. “
The first environmental project the studios will help fund is the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project, a restoration and rewilding partnership aimed at conserving more than 300 km² of Sussex coastline.
Ruth Ganesh, Administrator of Platform Earth and Co-Founder of Migration Studios, said: “We are passionate about this project because native kelp blocks 20 times more carbon than terrestrial forests, grows 20 times faster and will have earthquake repercussions. for carbon capture. and biodiversity.
“Successful restoration of the area has the potential to lock in as much carbon as the London music industry emits each year.”
The studio is inspired by a series of life-size elephant sculptures at Cotehay Farm that have been on display across the country as part of the ‘CoExistence’ Campaign, an environmental art initiative to raise awareness of the impact humans on the natural world.
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