Brad Pitt is on a mission to rebuild the famed studio that hosted recording sessions for Pink Floyd’s The Cranberries, Sting, AC/DC, The Cure and “The Wall,” brick by brick.
The 57-year-old actor and producer is teaming up with French producer and songwriter Damien Quintard to redesign and reopen the studio, which hasn’t been used for nearly two decades.
Built in 1977 by former owner Jacques Loussier, Miraval Studios sits on the French estate Château Miraval, which Pitt has co-owned since 2008.
Plans for Pitt and Quintard’s custom redesign began after Pitt requested a meeting with the musician.
“When we met in Paris, we immediately clicked,” Quintard said in a statement. “It was an intense moment where we just talked and talked about the sound. I was amazed at how sensitive and precise he was in his analysis of the music.
The redesign will incorporate both original and new recording equipment. Among its many features, Miraval Studios would include hybrid analog and digital recording technology, a Dolby Atmos system, and pre-mixing equipment for film and television.
Miraval’s Studio One has 25-foot ceilings and a 320-square-meter concert hall, as well as private recording booths, rare musical equipment and a mezzanine overlooking the entire space, according to a press release. A swimming pool and a tower connected to the studio will provide accommodation for visiting artists.
“It really is a space where you can produce anything from pop and rock to hip-hop and classic records,” Quintard added.
Pitt and Quintard signed a joint venture partnership agreement last year. The studio should open for reservations this summer.