We return to our friends at E7 Studios in Reykjavik, Iceland to meet their latest recruit; Guðmundur Óskar, a studio complete with a friend’s dead horse on the floor.
It was great to return to Reykjavik to visit our friends at E7 studios. It was also a real pleasure to meet Guðmundur Óskar, from the band Hjaltalín and the latest recruit to this fascinating collaborative environment. He confirmed our beliefs that the solitary activity of composition is made so much easier when combined with like-minded individuals under one roof. That simply pulling a kindred spirit into the room to play them something gives you a fresh set of ears of your very own, without them having to say anything. I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise to Guðmundur Óskar for describing his studio as resembling a private investigator’s office from the 1970s. I meant this wholly as a compliment, and one born out of admiring a studio that resembled no other I had visited. From an acoustic point of view, I would wholeheartedly recommend working on top of a spatchcocked horse. That way, you’re never alone, and the fur is great for muffling those pesky standing waves.
Whilst on our trip to Iceland we also met with our good friend Olafur Arnalds who kindly takes time off recording his next album to talk us through his amazing array of outboard, his methods and philosophy.