Society of Sound

  • Cassandra Wilson

    Cassandra Wilson

    “You’re not just recording musicians, you’re recording the environment...I know that an abandoned train station in Mississippi might seem an odd choice of place to record Belly of the Sun. But for me, it made perfect sense.”

  • Kenneth Grange

    Kenneth Grange

    "I visualised an object that would satisfy my chums in the sound laboratory, but would also be a statement of extraordinary excellence in manufacture. That was my inspiration for the Signature Diamond speaker.”

  • Tod Machover

    Tod Machover

    "Somewhere out there is a visual, physical language that can help us listen better, and allow us to feel sound and the sound to touch us... I’m trying to discover it.”

Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart

"When I was about nine years old, I got given a tape recorder and that's what first got me ecstatic about the magic of recording things -the fact that you could record something and play back reality ten minutes later."

James Newton Howard

James Newton Howard

"In my mind, every note has a distinctive character, much like the characters in a movie. When it comes to scoring films, that’s a useful starting point.”

Alfred Brendel

Alfred Brendel

“Sound is something that one has to learn to listen to properly. It can take some time before young musicians can listen to themselves precisely”

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel

"At Real World Studios we get musicians from all over the world, who often can’t talk to each other. We give them the technology to make noises, and they start making noises, and suddenly there’s a common language. That’s when things take off.”

Martyn Ware




Martyn Ware

"It was history. For me, the sound of synthesisers was the sound of future. I loved how it seemed to create new worlds in people’s minds, put them in a completely different headspace…that’s how The Human League got started."

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