founded by Mike
Kemp and Gary Lucas during the '70's and was located firstly
in Mike's rooms in college (1972), then in a small centre-terrace
house in Grafton Street, Cambridge and subsequently (July 1975) in a basement
in Victoria Street, Cambridge, where they recorded a vast array
of artists from the mid '70's through to the late '80's. The
studio moved to the Old School Stretham in 1981. This building
went on to house the off-shoot company Spaceward Microsystems
Ltd which innovated cost effective broadcast quality graphics
to the television industry, and later Studio
Audio and Video Ltd
(which brought state of the art digital audio editing to
the desktop with its
SADiE digital audio editor / workstation (DAW)).
Another offshoot is Spaceward
Graphics Ltd and its award-winning Satori
range of paint and image-editing products.
Kemp now runs Sintefex Audio, a company dedicated
to innovative research, development and consultancy in relation
to digital audio technology and manufacturing of digital audio
products for the professional user.
the history falls neatly into 3 distinct periods... 1972 - 1975
(2 x Revox) 1975 - 1981, Victoria Street, Cambridge (16 track)
and 1981 - 1988, The Old School, Stretham (24 track).
- 1981, Victoria Street, Cambridge
conrol room was small and dark, very like a space capsule with
beer in it." Robyn Hitchcock
Studios occupied the corner house 19 Victoria St (opposite corner
to the Clarendon Arms). This was (at that time) joined to the
adjacent house in Clarendon Street, known then (and perhaps
now) as 34 Clarendon Street (and this address was sometimes
used as well as the main Victoria Street Address. The studio
room was the basement of 34 Clarendon Street and the control
room was the basement of 19 Victoria Street. Access between
the two was at the ground floor and basement levels. I believe
that since then the houses have been separated and sold independently
as small town houses.
An interesting historical note is that opposite 19 Victoria
Street (next to the pub) was / is an artists' studio which was
then occupied by Luck and Flaw (Roger Law and Peter Fluck) who
went on to do the Spitting Image puppets - but they often brought
the early models over to use the 19 Victoria Street kitchen
window ledge for photographing them as it was often in the sun!
here in Victoria Street is Mike
Kemp in about 1979 at the controls of the amazing expanding
mixer desk surrounded by 16-track, several 2-tracks and plethora
of out-board gear.
- 1988, The Old School, Stretham
all about it here in
Studio Recording - December 1983
Cambridge Eveneing News, Thursday February 21, 1985