SSR Manchester - Guest Lectures - Gordon Raphael


Guest Lectures - Gordon Raphael

SSR Manchester - 2pm
As part of our new Guest Lectures series of events we are delighted to welcome studio wizard and the man behind The Strokes' first two hit albums Gordon Raphael to SSR Manchester on Monday 25th April for an exclusive guest lecture.

We expect demand for this lecture to be high and places are limited, so please register your place via the form at the bottom of this page ASAP to avoid disappointment.


New Yorker Gordon Raphael is a musician and record producer best known for producing The Strokes' Is This It and Room On Fire albums and his work on Regina Spektor's Soviet Kitsch

After spending his rebellious teenage years in Seattle playing rock-n-roll keyboards in bands, Gordon taught himself how to use tape-recorders and analog synthesizers as a method of writing obscure, weird outer-space songs. These compositions featured heavy use of Ring Modulator, Echoplex, Phase Shifters, mad distortion and poetry. His own bands were Colour Twigs, Mental Mannequin, Sky Cries Mary and Absinthee.

In 1998 Mr. Raphael made an honorable pilgrimage back to New York where he planned to dazzle the music world with his "West Coast Seattle" brilliance. Playing his songs in nightclubs was rather slow going, but suddenly his two studios Chateau Relaxo and Transporterraum NYC were gathering a reputations for great recordings done at a cheap price. The brilliant Berlin producer Moses Schneider (Beatsteaks, Tocotronic, Demba, Fehlfarben) joined forces with Gordon in creating the Transporterraum NYC studio, and also brought him to Berlin in early 2005.

By that time Gordon had recorded over 100 bands, including The Strokes, Skin, The Libertines, Damon Albarn, Ian Brown, Satellites (Mallorca) and Kill Kenada.

As a producer and music fan, Gordon prefers music that is unusual and powerful, always choosing to work with bands and artists that have the magic spark of creativity, and not concentrating on trends, market value, radio or TV.

Be prepared to hear stories from a life on the road, in studios around the world, and happy answers to any questions you may have about recording, creativity and production.

This is a very special lecture not to be missed!


Use the form below to register a seat and use the comments box to tell us the question(s) you'd like to put to Gordon. We will choose some of the best ones and make sure they're featured, which also taking questions from the floor on the day.

PLEASE NOTE - This event is an exclusive for SSR students only. Please only register if you are a current SSR student AND you can definitely attend the session. Please don't register if you are not an SSR student - we will be checking!

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