- Astoria (recording studio)
The Astoria is a house boat turned recording studio owned by
David Gilmour, guitarist of Pink Floyd. It is moored on the River Thamesnear Hampton Court. Gilmour purchased the boat in 1986, because he "spent half of [his] life in recording studios with no windows, no light" but on the boat there are many windows, with beautiful scenery on the outside". [2005 documentary [http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1074248175740787653 "Three Men in a Boat"] ]
The boat was built in 1911 for impresario
Fred Karno, who wanted to have the best houseboat on the river. He designed it so that there could be an entire 90-piece orchestra playing on the deck of the ship. [ [http://nationalhistoricships.org.uk/index.cfm/event/getVessel/vref/1863 Astoria's history] ]
The two most recent Pink Floyd albums, "
A Momentary Lapse of Reason" and " The Division Bell" were recorded on the boat, and parts of the latest David Gilmour solo album " On an Island" as well. It was also used for mixing the Pink Floyd live albums " Delicate Sound of Thunder" and " P•U•L•S•E" as well as the "P•U•L•S•E" VHS/DVD, David Gilmour's " Remember That Night" DVD and forthcoming live album, " Live in Gdańsk".
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