fbpx Skip to content

Remote reinvention: how new methods helped Elbow relocate their mojo

Photo: Peter Neill – Eventim Apollo, London, UK – September 2021

Rock band Elbow discuss how they used the process for their ninth studio album to experiment with new recording and songwriting methods.

Usually tracking in either their own studio in the Blueprint complex in Manchester or at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios near Bath, the Manchester-based rock band were never bound by the time constraints usually attached to booking studio time. As a result, the band were afforded the luxury of doing a lot of the songwriting and arranging during these tracking sessions, unperturbed by the race against the clock. This time around, they wanted to try something different.

Inviting the challenges that working in this way would enforce, the quartet hired Brighton’s Theatre Royal as their make-shift studio space. They had two weeks to track 10 songs and capture filmed live performances of each song in the theatre. Knowing they needed to enter the studio with the completed songs, they used FaceTime and the LISTENTO plugin. Exchanging ideas from their homes and crafting the collection of songs that would become ‘Flying Dream 1’.

“They’d be constantly connected over FaceTime and the Audiomovers plugin, trying to make it feel as much as possible like they were all in the same room together.”
DANNY EVANSFront-of-House and Recording Sound Engineer for Elbow

The final result is now available to stream on Spotify. Check it out or visit our website for more stories from the Audiomovers community.

Neil Dowd
Author: Neil Dowd

Read next
The gear behind Abbey Road Studios: The RS56 EQ (The Curve Bender)

Abbey Road Studios has always been at the forefront of innovation. We’re thrilled to now be part of this incredible story and together help continue pioneering the way for the future of music technology. As part of our new series, we are delving into some of the ground-breaking innovations created at Abbey Road - and give you an insight into the stories behind them. This week, it’s the mighty RS56 Universal Tone Control Unit, affectionately known as the Curve Bender.

Read article
Audiomovers for Beginners: LIVE

Our new, weekly YouTube Livestream, focussed on giving you all the information you'll need to work remotely with collaborators from around the world is here.

Read article
How Grammy & Latin Grammy award-winning Engineer created two Elvis Costello albums completely remotely

Berklee graduate and Grammy & Latin Grammy award-winning Engineer Vago Galindo takes us into the entire remote creation process for Elvis Costello’s albums ‘The Boy Named If’ and ‘The Resurrection of Rust’, touching upon the importance of education for aspiring producers and his time in the film and voiceover industries.

Read article