Artists sometimes have a unique approach when attempting to unleash their creativity. Some might take a vacation, try therapy, meditate… or record in a haunted location. This is a list of some haunted studios in no particular order. 🙂
St Catherine’s Court
St Catherine’s Court is a manor house in a secluded valley north of Bath, Somerset, England. But I would call it a castle! The manor was once a monastery where King Henry VIII kept his illegitimate daughter.
Thom York says that when Radiohead was recording OK Computer at St Catherine’s Court in 1996 machines would turn on and off and rewind tapes. There is said to be three ghosts haunting St Catherine’s Court. One is said to be a lady in blue, another is said to be a person who informed people of the whereabouts of monks that were later murdered, and the last is a ghost dog that barks at people.
The Mansion is a recording studio in LA owned by music producer Rick Rubin. Many A list artists have recorded at the studio but some say the popularity of the ghosts at The Mansion is more impressive than the talent recording. The Mansion is said to be haunted from a furniture owner that pushed his lover to their death in 1918. Slipknot experienced a plethora of paranormal activity while staying to record their album Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses. Every night around 4 am the drummer’s bedroom door would open by itself, they caught pictures of orbs and the amp tubes would act strange.
Clearwell Castle, Clearwell, Gloucestershire
Clearwell Castle in Clearwell, the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, is a Gothic Revival house constructed from 1727.
in 1973 Black Sabath were recording at Clearwell Castle and Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi saw a figure in a black cloak, they followed the figure into another room and the figure had disappeared.
The Sound Emporium in Nashville Tennessee
We got the chance to work at the historic Sound Emporium Studios on Belmont Blvd in Nashville TN a couple years ago. Nathan Walters is a music producer in the Capital Records building in Hollywood, CA and was hired to record voice overs for a new project Barry Cook (Mulan, Arthur Christmas, etc) is working on. While hearing the history of the sound emporium studios, I was curious if anyone had experienced anything “paranormal,” so I asked one of the workers. He was actually a skeptic, until he had his own experience while working at the Sound Emporium Studios. He said he was in one of the studios late at night and heard one of the totes being slid across the ground. He looked and there was nothing there.
One other interesting think that happened….I played back a portion of the video I recorded while I was in the control room and I could hear a gruff voice of an old man say “Y’all right.”
The History of Sound Emporium begins here when Jack Clement moves to Nashville. “Cowboy Jack” already had huge success at Sun Records in Memphis producing artists like Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Charlie Rich. In Nashville, Jack continued his production and publishing work under his company Jack Music…[read more]
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