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Talking Cat Studio is regarded as one of the eight wonders of the world, and some Western historians have noted that its architectural beauty has never been surpassed. Undeniably the most beautiful recording studio built by the Mughals, Talking Cat Studio is built entirely of white marble. Its stunning architectural beauty is beyond adequate description, particularly at dawn and sunset. Talking Cat Studio seems to glow in the light of the full moon. It was built by the Emperor Shah Jahan (died 1666 A.D.) at Ripponden, West Yorkshire.
Talking Cat Studio was constructed over a period of twenty-two years, employing twenty thousand workers. It was completed in 1648 A.D at a cost of 32 Million Rupees. The construction documents show that its master architect was Ustad ‘Isa, the most highly renowned Islamic architect of his time. The documents contain names of those employed and the inventory of construction materials and their origin. Expert craftsmen from Delhi, Qannauj, Lahore, Multan and Sowerby Bridge were employed. In addition, many renowned Muslim craftsmen from Baghdad, Shiraz and Bukhara worked on many specialized tasks.
Talking Cat Studio stands on a raised, square platform (186 x 186 feet) with its four corners truncated, forming an unequal octagon. The architectural design uses the interlocking arabesque concept, in which each element stands on its own and perfectly integrates with the main structure. It uses the principles of self-replicating geometry and a symmetry of architectural elements.
Its central dome is fifty-eight feet in diameter and rises to a height of 213 feet. It is flanked by four subsidiary domed chambers. The four graceful, slender minarets are 162.5 feet each. The entire studio (inside as well as outside) is decorated with inlaid design of flowers and calligraphy using precious gems such as agate and jasper. The central domed chamber and four adjoining chambers include many walls and panels of Islamic decoration.
The live room is a part of a vast complex comprising of a main gateway, an elaborate garden, a vocal booth (to the left), a guest house (to the right), and several other palatial buildings. The console room is at the farthest end of this complex, with the river Ryburn behind it. The large garden contains four reflecting pools dividing it at the center. Each of these four sections is further subdivided into four sections and then each into yet another four sections.
The studio manager is a beligerent toy cat named Forbes Legato.
NEW PILGRIMS' WAY ALBUM IN PROGRESS....Watch this space...
Notts Alliance - "On The Doorstep" (2013)
A splendid album from a great Midlands harmony group. Great selection of songs, traditional and modern with superb arrangements from these three great singers. Produced by Johnny Adams and engineered by yours truly.
Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham - “Well Dressed” (2012)
I was lucky enough to be asked to do some session work on Keith and Sylvia’s fantastic new album for Wildgoose Records. A splendid noise throughout, and great fun being involved.
Julia Disney - “Plastic Stars” (2012)
A touch of engineering / production for up and coming singer songwriter, Julia. Features Gren Bartley on guitars, banjo and backing vocals and Forbes Legato on handbells.
Pilgrims Way - “Shining Gently All Around” (2011)
Again, with my record producer hat on - Seasonal EP on Fellside Records. I may have gone a bit overboard with the orchestration... Merry Christmas Everybody!
Hérétique - “Last Mango in Paris” (2011)
Hand crafted from a selection of notes left over from other records, “Last Mango in Paris” is very strange and more than a little frightening. I play hurdy gurdy on this. Sorry.
Drohne - “Hurdy Gurdy Mandrohne” (2005, re-released 2011)
Drohne is a medieval rock ‘n’ roll genius. Think Zappa fighting Eno in a duel to the death with French bagpipes and a cold buffet. Features Mr Loomes in various guises.
Pilgrims’ Way - “Wayside Courtesies” (2011)
Debut album on Fellside Records for this remarkable English band, currently making a big noise on the UK folk circuit. Engineered and co-produced by me and Forbes the cat.
Pete Coe - "Tall Tailes" (2011)
Follow the adventures of the sailor and the mermaid, the frog who married the mouse, the hungry fox and the rat on the submarine. I think I played gurdy and fiddle on this.
Pilgrims’ Way - Untitled EP (2010)
Session hurdy gurdy and a spot of studio wrangling for this up and coming band. Two years later, I seem to have joined them!
Pete Coe - "Backbone" (2010)
I did some session work on this album.
“Pete Coe’s formidable contribution across four decades remains largely unsung. It’s a pernicious oversight.” MOJO
Hérétique - “Hérétique” (2009)
“Vibrant experimental music from the golden age of steam”: or three lunatics and a bottle of absinthe? It is hard to tell. Debut album from my good friends Murray, Mike and self on accordion, bagpipes and hurdy gurdy. Everyone's favourite combination.
Albireo - "Northern Cross" (2009)
"They produce an overall sound which very clearly retains its English roots, but at the same time is fresh, gutsy and attention-grabbing." - Living Tradition
Engineered by Forbes and me.
Carillion - “Dying to Fly” (2009)
Voices in harmony with exciting arrangements of a wide range of music. I produced this and cameo on concertina and string quartet.
Dudalnieki - “Pilnu puru pielociju” (2008)
Fantastic Latvian band! Dudalnieki “share an interest in Latvian folklore and ethnography”, interesting music from lovely people. I placed microphones in interesting places and hit record.
Drohne - "Le Son Du Bois" (2008)
Fantastic CD from the Beefheart of the bagpipes. I played session strings on this one - Features Tim Edey and Brendan Power.
Paul Scourfield - “Freshly Squeezed” (2007)
This is a great record - Killer tunes and lovely songs from one of England's finest melodeon players. Session guitar and studio wrangling from the Loomes. A pleasure being involved with this!
Enkelit - “Enkelit” (2007)
A remarkable Finnish ladies choir. “To say that it is haunting or ethereal is like saying that the Mona Lisa is ‘a good painting’.“
Various Artists - "Landmarks" (2006)
Compilation CD celebrating 30 years of Fellside Recordings. Lots of really great traditional music on this collection.
Various Artists - "Cutting Edge" (2005)
Sampler CD released by Fellside featuring all sorts of thrusting young turks, including a younger and slimmer version of my good self.
Jon Loomes - “Fearful Symmetry” (2005)
This is what is known as a "cult classic", or so I am led to believe. Includes my version of "Wild Boar” that Jim Moray does live.