Miraval Studios

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Miraval Studios is a recording studio located in the Château de Miraval [fr], a 900 hectares estate located in Correns, in the Var department of Provence (France).[1] Founded in 1977 by French jazz pianist Jacques Loussier and sound engineer Patrice Quef, it was in operation under the name Studio Miraval until the mid-2000s, but has sat unused since the acquisition of the estate by actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in 2011.

Frequented and used by many world-class bands such as Pink Floyd, AC/DC and The Cranberries, Brad Pitt and French producer Damien Quintard will reopen the fully restored and refurbished studios under the name Miraval Studios in summer 2022.

Studio Miraval (1977 – 2000's)[edit]

Jacques Loussier, founder of Studio Miraval.

For hundreds of years, the Miraval estate in the south of France has inspired artisans, vintners and musicians alike with its simple, otherworldly beauty. Surrounded by gardens, stone terraces, fountains and a forest of white oak and evergreen, the 900-acre property has produced wines and olives since the 13th century.

In 1977, the estate's then-owner, French pianist and composer Jacques Loussier,[2][3] and sound engineer Patrice Quef[4] built a state-of-the-art recording studio on the property, the Studio Miraval. Loussier began by recording his own work, mainly for films, and then started taking on French artists such as Maxime Le Forestier and Pierre Vassiliu.

Miraval achieved fame thanks to Pink Floyd, who came there in 1979 to record part of their album The Wall. Subsequently, equipped with one of the first SSL mixing consoles in France, Miraval recorded AC/DC, Judas Priest, The Cranberries, The Cure, Muse, Wham!, David Sylvian (solo and with Rain Tree Crow), Chris Rea, Sade, the Go-Betweens, Steve Winwood, Yes, UB40, Chris Braide, Shirley Bassey, the Gipsy Kings, Shakatak, Rammstein, Fonky Family, Kelly Family, Blankass, Silmarils, Jimmy Barnes and many others. Later on, in the early and middle 2000s, Rammstein recorded the album Mutter, and Courtney Love also spent a few weeks in the estate. In 2006, Muse recorded some tracks for Black Holes and Revelations

In 1998, Loussier sold Miraval to businessman–turned–wine producer Tom Bove who resold it in 2011 to actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie[5][6] who decided not to operate the studio anymore.[7]

Miraval Studios (2022)[edit]

During the summer of 2022, Brad Pitt, now separated from Angelina Jolie (who sold her shares in the Miraval estate),[8] and French producer Damien Quintard will reopen the completely redesigned and refurbished studios under the name Miraval Studios.

Brad Pitt, who has a passion for architecture and built homes for Hurricane Katrina victims through his Make It Right Foundation, and Damien Quintard, multiple award-winning producer, met in Paris and share a common vision "for a recording studio that feels just like home".[9]

One of the studio's first additions will be a console with hybrid analog and digital capabilities, a Dolby Atmos system, and all the technology needed to pre-mix for film and television projects. Recording booths and workstations for sound and video editing will also be included.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Studio Miraval, profile and discography, Discogs.
  2. ^ Biography of Jacques Loussier, Evene.fr.
  3. ^ Jacques Loussier, Allmusic.com
  4. ^ Patrice Quef, Allmusic.com.
  5. ^ Brad Pitt et Angelina Jolie : les mal-aimés de Correns, Vanity Fair.
  6. ^ "Inside Brangelina's 1,000-acre French estate". The New York Post.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Jolie & Pitt's Rock 'N' Roll Castle, IMDB.
  8. ^ Domaine de Miraval : en conflit avec Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie vend ses parts du château et du vignoble, 7 October 2021, CNews.fr.
  9. ^ a b Brad Pitt's Latest Design Project Is a Music Studio at Chateau Miraval, Kristine Hansen, 13 December 2021, Architectural Digest.

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