During the summer break, it’s often a bit quieter on campus as students go home for the holidays. Not so here at Atrium, Cardiff campus where, during this downtime, some of our amazing facilities are put to good use by musicians and celebrities such as Gruff Rhys from the Super Furry Animals who visited here on Monday this week.
Gruff was recording a piece for the soundtrack for Set Fire to the Stars– a film coming out this year which recounts the life of Dylan Thomas, and stars Elijah Wood.
The film is set in New York, but was in fact filmed in Swansea, and Gruff’s piano piece forms the soundtrack to the film which will credit the University of South Wales due to the fact the music was recorded at the University’s Atrium, Cardiff campus, as well as in studios in nearby Bristol, and London.
Gruff recorded in the Gus Dudgeon suite, which houses the same MCI desk that Elton John used in the 1970s. It’s one of several studios at the Atrium, but it’s a particularly impressive studio not only because of its history but also because of its plush appearance.
“Gruff was playing the desk that Elton would have used in the 1970s” commented Curig Huws, a lecturer in Music & Sound Production at the University who worked on the session for Gruff. He went on to comment that Gruff thought the MCI desk and the Gus Dudgeon suite were “anhygoel”(unbelievable). “We are so lucky here at the University, having such facilities for our students”.
The lecturers at USW work closely with industry and have links with both local, national artists. Other famous names who have used the facilities at Atrium include Bullet from my Valentine, and Kids in Glass Houses, amongst others.
To see the facilities for yourself come along to our next Open day on Wednesday September 17th
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