Gloucestershire recording studio pledges funds for carbon capture projects

A recording studio in Gloucestershire has been launched with a commitment to contribute all of its booking proceeds 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 donate funds to environmental arts charity Platform Earth, which produces exhibitions and projects that help reduce the carbon footprint of the UK arts industry.

Based at Cotehay Farm, the main studio comprises 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 large groups.

With the exception of the patch bay and studio monitors, all musical 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 as The Migration Orchestra for a documentary about 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 products group Focusrite.

Head of Production and Co-Founder of Migration Studios, Richard Jahn, said: “Migration Orchestra seeks to reconnect musicians to collaborative music-making, which due to the pandemic and other factors has divided the musical creation, more often than not, in largely solitary efforts”.

The first environmental project the studios will help fund is the Sussex Kelp Restoration Project, a restoration and rewilding partnership that works to conserve over 300sq km 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 traps 20 times more carbon than terrestrial forests, grows 20 times faster and will have seismic impacts on carbon capture. and biodiversity.

“Successful restoration of the area has the potential to lock in as much carbon as London’s music industry emits each year.”

The studio is inspired by a series of life-size elephant sculptures at Cotehay Farm that have been exhibited across the country as part of the “CoExistence” campaign, an environmental art initiative aimed at raising awareness of the impact of man on the natural world.

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