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Spaceward Studios Archive (1972-88)

Spaceward Studios was founded by Mike Kemp and Gary Lucas in Cambridge, UK in 1972 and was located firstly in Mike's rooms in college, then in a small centre-terrace house in Grafton Street, Cambridge and subsequently (July 1975) in a basement in Victoria Street, Cambridge. The studio moved to its final home, the Old School, Stretham in 1981. Literally hundreds of singles, albums and demos were recorded over the years and some of that history is recorded here.

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Sent: Sunday, February 09, 2014 9:45 AM

Subject: My Time at Spaceward

As a 15 year old obsessed with recording technology, a trait I think I picked up from my grandfather who worked for Neve Electronics, I began bombarding Spaceward in 1977 with letters asking if I could 'hang out.' Somewhat to my surprise, I got a nice letter back from Gary suggesting I pop in, and so I did. I found the basement stuffed with weird and wonderful electronics and the constant comings and goings of bands I had not yet heard of ( a Greek band who were number one in their home country charts I remember fondly) and soon I was making tea and chatting with Kimberley Rew about life and music, which all seemed rather wonderful to me if perhaps rather less so to him.


Spending every Saturday there I could, I soon moved up from tea boy to tape operator, with Gary watching me closely doing some drop-ins and nodding sagely when I seemed to take to it rather well. After a few months of this I got offered a full time job, which I was gutted that having another year of school to finish I could not take. I often wonder how my life would have turned out had I been born slightly earlier and been able to immerse myself full time in the world that Mike and Gary had created, but will always remember with great affection my short time in that magical Victoria Street basement and the kindness shown to me by the owners.


Mark Jones

Managing Director

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Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2012 11:28 PM

Subject: Actors One


I have recently found a copy of Actors One 12": side A One Inside, side B I think it's Strange, You Are The Same.  ND 12001 (X 83 CUS 1839).

It was recorded by Needle Damage Records in 1983

Does any one know any info about this, the band and what the guys are up to now?


Kaye Carruthers

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Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2012 11:28 PM

Subject: Please add this to Spaceward Studios guestbook?


re: Bruce 'Brewster' Fursman, also of FolkOmnibus, who were Support Band to Nick Drake at the Goodwill to All pub 4 October 1969. If of interest, he has a website with interesting pictures etc at: www.folkomnibus.webeden.co.uk

Has anyone else heard the Audio documentary by Ben Price, about Nick Drake? It has a section of Bruce Fursman being interviewed about the Gig with Nick Drake at the Goodwill to All Pub. Seems impossible to find any information about it online. 

Also, has anyone else heard Pete Waters Live? he writes & sings his own original songs & Music. I was lucky enough to see them at a Charity Gig at the White Lion pub, St Albans on 27 August 2012.

So Wonderful to hear New Original songs!

It's like receiving an unexpected Priceless Gift!

~ May Musical Creativity Always be ~

~ Wishing You All Love & Light ~ with Bright Blessings ~



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Sent: Monday, July 09, 2012 6:01 PM

Subject: mike smith

I recorded an album with Spaceward in 1979 entitled 'Raindance', just fir the record I am alive and well and still playing, if anyone is at all interested they can contact me at:




Thanks guys


Kind regards

Michael Smith