Pink Floyd's Amazing Floating Recording Studio
2/12/2014 1:46:00 PM
Did you know that recent Pink Floyd alums have been recorded on a houseboat owned by David Gilmore? But this is no ordinary boat. It was built in 1911 for impresario Fred Karno, who wanted to have the best houseboat on the river and he designed it so that there could be an entire 90-piece orchestra playing on deck. Now that's a party boat! (Turn of the century style)
It was adapted as a recording studio by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour in 1986 and stays moored on the River Thames. Gilmour purchased the boat because he "spent half of [his] life in recording studios with no windows, no light, but on the boat there are many windows, with beautiful scenery on the outside."
"In my case," Gilmore says, "I just happened to find this beautiful boat that was built as a houseboat and was very cheap, so I bought it. And then only afterward did I think I could maybe use it to record. The control room is a 30-foot by 20-foot room. It's a very comfortable working environment--- three bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, a big lounge. It's 90 feet long."
According to Wikipedia, parts of each of the last two Pink Floyd studio albums, "A Momentary Lapse of Reason" and "The Division Bell," were recorded on the boat, as were parts of Gilmour's most recent solo album, "On an Island." It was also used for mixing the Pink Floyd live albums "Delicate Sound of Thunder" and "Pulse."
What a killer environment for creating music!