Chasing the Dragon Records’ Direct-to-Vinyl Disc at AIR Studios: Recording Session of “Espana”

Chasing the Dragon Records' Direct-to-Vinyl Disc at AIR Studios: Recording Session of “Espana”

Record producer Mike Valentine’s business is underwater filming. His work can be seen in James Bond movies like “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” as well as in “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace”, “The Bourne Ultimatum” and dozens of other movies, television series and music videos.

Among Valentine’s other passions are music and good sound.

Valentine and his wife and business partner Francoise invited NSo to Air Lyndhurst studios on February 10th, 2017 to record Chasing the Dragon’s upcoming new release “ESPAÑA- a tribute to Spain” featuring the music of Bizet, Chabrier and Rimsky-Korsakov.

The final takes will be available on 180g vinyl (Direct-to-Disc) as well as on “binaural” vinyl sourced from a double DSD master. You can already download from the company’s website double DSD, 24/192 and 24/192 binaural digital versions, recorded simultaneously with the D2D all-analog cut.

In a youtube video you will “meet” Mike Valentine and see (and hear in rehearsal) Mezzo-Soprano Rosie Middleton and the National Symphony Orchestra. Also in the video are conductor Debbie Wiseman, sound mixer Rupert Coulson and vinyl cutting engineers John Webber and Cicely Balston. Also the “Ray” referred to in the mastering suite is, of course, Ray Staff, who is now semi-retired, but who originally cut David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” album back in 1972 and also cut the more recent Bowie vinyl box set(s).