Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Views of Black Ark Studio
The ultimate home studio in the world, The Black Ark, was in Scratch’s back yard in the Washington Gardens area of Kingston, Jamaica.
Better gear and fresh tape made a distinct difference in the heavy sound Scratch was getting from his Teac four track, Space Echo, phaser and Soundcraft board.
His sound took on a dense, mystical sound that chugs like an underwater sci fi movie- it is a deeply psychedelic sound that is breathtaking at top volume.
Art began to take over the walls inside and out of the Black Ark, and pressure from local gangs made Scratch eventually relocate overseas.
On the way out, he carefully saved every inch of crucial master tapes and “did the manly thing” in his own words, burning the studio down to end an era in music.