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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Kingston University
Penrhyn Road
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT1 2EE

Tel: +44 (0)20 8417 9000

Welcome to the Visconti Studio at Kingston University London

In partnership with world-famous record producer Tony Visconti, the British Library, and the Science Museum, Kingston University London welcomes you to the Visconti Studio.

The Visconti Studio is the centre of Kingston University’s research and teaching project “The Heritage and Future of Analogue Recording and Production”. Based around an extraordinary 300m2 octagonal live room and stocked with vintage and rare recording equipment (Studer, Neve, Neumann, Universal Audio, Roland Space Echo), the tape-based studio also features a unique collection of instruments including a Mellotron, a Hammond organ with Leslie cabinet, and a Steinway concert grand piano.

Tony Visconti with the Kingston University team Tony Visconti’s name is synonymous with ground-breaking music. He is one of record production's great innovators who has worked with some of the most dynamic and influential names in pop, from Marc Bolan /T-Rex and Thin Lizzy, to David Bowie, Morrissey and U2. In the Visconti Studio he will be working with students and staff of Kingston University, as well as invited artists, to produce records.

As part of our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes students will learn to use and maintain analogue technology in recording and production. Besides course related teaching, the Visconti Studio also organises special master classes, a Winterschool, and special recording sessions with international artists including Mary Epworth. In the Visconti Studio, every student is part of our mission: to preserve the sounds and practices of the analogue past for the digital future.

"The Heritage and Future of Analogue Recording and Production" is a large-scale research project partnered with the British Library and the Science Museum. The project aims to document and preserve the legacy of the analogue era. Tapping into contemporary love of retro sounds, the Visconti Studio does not just revive objects but actively revives analogue practices. The project combines questions around cultural nostalgia with concrete musical practice and heritage studies. It will build a rich and diverse archive of recordings, practices, instruments, technologies, listening testimonies, and scholarly reflection.

The studio is available for commercial hire.

Visconti Studio live room Studer A827 2-inch 24 track tape machine Drum tracking in the Visconti StudioHammond RT3 organ with Leslie cabinet