According to Ronan McGreevy of The Irish Times, there’s a mountain of tapes that are “clogging up the studios” at the Windmill Lane Recording Studios in Ringsend.
Among the many is an early version of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” and a recording of Metallica performing with Marianne Faithfull that are waiting to be reclaimed by the artists or recording companies that recorded them.
More than 1,000 tapes, weighing a ton, are filling up the attic in the newWindmill Lane studios in Ringsend.
If the two-inch multitrack tapes — which were used in the days before digital technology took over the studios in the middle of the last decade — are not reclaimed by May, they will be destroyed.
The two-inch multitrack tapes were used in the days before digital technology took over the studios in the middle of the last decade.
Over the years they have begun to deteriorate and are of questionable use. The tapes have started to “shed” their recording material.
“They are probably not of any practical value,” said Tony Perrey, a producer at the studio.
“You would only ever get one chance to play them again and that would be under archival conditions.”
“Many of the tapes are either demos, master tape back-ups or discarded takes. The will start to destroy the tapes from May.
He said they could be digitised but such a process would be “hugely expensive”.
A full list of acts who recorded at the studios can be seen at windmilllanerecording.com/clients.