PJ Harvey Recording Album in Front of Art Gallery Patrons
Renowned alt-rock veteran, PJ Harvey, has decided to open up her recording sessions to curious onlookers by making her next album (tentatively titled Recording in Progress) at the Somerset House in England.
The facility will feature a specially made, enclosed studio space in which Harvey and her team will inhabit and use to create the follow-up to her 2011 Mercury Prize-winning album, Let England Shake.
During designated hours from January 16 to February 14, fans can purchase tickets to watch the music come to life.
“I want Recording in Progress to operate as if we’re an exhibition in a gallery,” said Harvey. “I hope visitors will be able to experience the flow and energy of the recording process.”
“Harvey has chosen to record her ninth album inside an architectural installation designed by Somerset House-based Something & Son,” reads a statement issued by Somerset House. “The structure, a recording studio in the form of an enclosed box, has one-way glazing, displaying PJ Harvey, her band, producers and engineers as a mutating, multi-dimensional sound sculpture. Visitors experience exactly what is happening at a particular moment in the studio, as Harvey and musicians, together with her longstanding producers Flood and John Parish, go through the creative process of recording an album of songs.”
To ensure that what Harvey’s working on doesn’t leak out to the public, the venue requests that mobile phones, cameras, video cameras and audio recording devices get dropped off at its cloakroom. Failure to abide by these rules will see a person get the boot.