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Brighton Electric goes Acoustic

Brighton Electric studios has added a rural outpost, Brighton Acoustic, to its growing portfolio of facilities, writes Jim Evans.

Brighton Electric studios has added a rural outpost to its growing portfolio of facilities. The south-coast based complex headed by James Stringfellow is now managing Brighton Acoustic, a purpose-built studio that nestles under the downs in the village of Ovingdean, 10 minutes from Brighton city centre. A converted barn set in three acres of gardens, and a short walk from the beach, Brighton Acoustic has recently been substantially refurbished and features a vintage Neve console, Pro Tools 9 and Yamaha C6 baby grand piano. Designed as a writing and recording retreat, it is attracting a good level of business from the local folk and acoustic community, as well as artists from further afield. Music publisher Robin Phillips originally built the studio. In the 1960s Phillips ran KPM Music Library – one of the most successful music libraries in the world. He died in 2006, but the house and studio remained in the family, with his son, music business entrepreneur Chris Phillips, playing an active role in the studio and related activities. “The studio had been gathering dust for a couple of years when Chris [Phillips] approached me,” said James Stringfellow. “We considered the potential of the place and talked ourselves around to Brighton Electric managing the studio. They were willing to take on our expertise and experience and listen to what we had to say. “The facility has been given a complete makeover. The original Amek Einstein console was sold, along with various other bits and pieces, the control room was moved upstairs to create more space in the live area and a vintage Neve installed.” Clients who have used the new-look Brighton Acoustic so far include singer Sarah Blasko, who has three Australian Top Ten albums to her credit, British Sea Power and Grammy-award winning producer Pete Smith. “It’s proving very popular in the flourishing Brighton acoustic and folk scene,” added Stringfellow. “There’s something quite magical about the place.”