In the spring of 2018, British music technology company Spitfire Audio began compiling stories, photos, conversations and interviews with a whole host of musicians and friends of the company; legends such as Hans Zimmer, Ólafur Arnalds, the Bernard Herrmann Estate and the London Contemporary Orchestra among others.
This exclusive content — housed previously on our Journal — was to be collected together in a very special print publication called The Spitfire Audio Annual.
At a whopping 246 pages, the heavy, ring-bound Annual boasts behind-the-scenes photography of the extraordinary Schimmel Piano factory and the hallowed Harbeth Speakers workshop, featured in the publication alongside original, playful works by creative duo Isabel + Helen and illustrator Jan Buchczik. Taking cues from the production of music scores, the in-house team has balanced exclusive, beautifully-commissioned stories and images with a specially-designed typeface to sit within its functional, minimal approach to design.
Said co-founder Christian Henson: “There have been many surprises on this odyssey that is Spitfire Audio, an idea born in a pub in Soho with my business partner Paul over a decade ago. All enabled by our extended family, comprised of thousands of like-minded talented people around the world who have given us trust, belief and vital feedback. So, as with any proud family, we thought it only appropriate to create a family album — an Annual — as a memento of an incredible year that we have all shared together.”