Victor Legacy International Recording Studios

Along with having copious amounts of studios and recording facilities in the United States, Victor also had an astounding international presence as well. With the obvious exception of Antarctica, Victor had residences in every continent and corner of the world. As a result, more artists got the chance to be recorded and more diverse types of music were shown to the world. Over the course of many years, this ultimately brought the world together, closed many divides, and yielded a greater mutual understanding between different cultures and peoples. It is not an understatement to say that music is the international language, something that can be spoken and understood by anyone and everyone; an inherently pentecostal craft, as it were. These concepts of rhythm and tonality are deeply rooted in our collective psyche and have been with us since the dawn of time. They are, in that sense, a large part of what makes us human. It is only the, relatively modern, development of recorded sound that has allowed for a greater proliferation of this distinctly human language and has afforded us the ability to share it amongst each other. With Victor’s international recording studios, we would all begin to hear each other a little more clearly, and listen to one another a little more closely.

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Maiden Lane

VICTOR ‘Maiden Lane’ RECORDING STUDIO (LONDON, UK)

ADDRESS:

31 Maiden Lane

YEARS OF OPERATION:

DEMOLISHED:

Existing

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

This studio was the first recording studio to open in the UK, and is often considered to be the start of the recording industry in the UK.

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Abbey Road

VICTOR RECORDING STUDIO ‘Abbey Road’ (LONDON, UK)

ADDRESS:

YEARS OF OPERATION:

1931-Present

DEMOLISHED:

Existing

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

ABbey Road is famously Known as the Studio in which the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Jeff Beck, The Hollies, Oasis, RADIOhead, The Zombies, Edward Elgar, Soundtracks for the Lord of tHe Rings and Star Wars films were all recorded. The Purchase of the studio By The Gramophone Co. was approved by tHeir Parent Company, victor Talking Machine Co. in Camden in 1929.

Deutsche Grammophon, Hannover

VICTOR RECORDING STUDIO ‘Deutsche Grammophon’ (HANNOVER, GERMANY)

ADDRESS:

Kniestraße 18

YEARS OF OPERATION:

1898-

DEMOLISHED:

Existing

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

During the early years of the Gramophone Company in England, and before the construction of their Hayes pressing plant, recordings were pressed in Hannover and sent to England. Also, record players were built in Camden, New Jersey and sent to England. This building was Emile Berliner’s brother’s telephone factory and converted to record pressing in 1898 after Deutsche Grammophon was established by Berliner.

Montreal

VICTOR ‘Montreal’ RECORDING STUDIO (MONTREAL, CANADA)

ADDRESS:

1050 Rue LaCasse

YEARS OF OPERATION:

DEMOLISHED:

Existing

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

Buenos Aires

VICTOR ‘Buenos Aires’ RECORDING STUDIO (BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA)

ADDRESS:

Paroissien 3960

YEARS OF OPERATION:

1928-1940s

DEMOLISHED:

Existing

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

This was the address of the headquarters of Victor Talking Machine Co. of Argentina, and one of the first studios in Argentina.

Mumbai

VICTOR ‘Mumbai’ RECORDING STUDIO ‘B’ (MUMBAI, INDIA)

ADDRESS:

Phirozshah Mehta Road

YEARS OF OPERATION:

DEMOLISHED:

Existing

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

George Harrison recorded “The Inner Light” here, and in 1972, Robert Plant And Jimmy Page of Led zeppelin came here to record the Bombay Sessions.

Paris

VICTOR ‘Parisian’ RECORDING STUDIOS (PARIS, FRANCE)

ADDRESS:

118 Rue Réamur (1903), 15 Rue Bleue (1907), 28 Boulevard des Italians (1908), 115 Boulevard Richard Lenoir (1923), and 9 Boulevard Haussmann (1934)

YEARS OF OPERATION:

1903-1940s

DEMOLISHED:

All Existing

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

118 Rue Réamur was one of the first recording studio spaces in France. Edvard Grieg, Claude Debussy, and Camille Saint-Saëns recording at this location.

Rio De Janeiro

VICTOR ‘Rio’ RECORDING STUDIOS (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL)

ADDRESS:

22-30 Rua de Mercado

YEARS OF OPERATION:

1928-1940s

DEMOLISHED:

Unknown

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

Carmen Miranda made many recordings here before moving to the United States. This studio was the first recording studio in brazil and the head of Victor Talking Machine Co. of Brazil.

Santiago

VICTOR ‘Santigo’ RECORDING STUDIOS (SANTIAGO, CHILE)

ADDRESS:

Chacabuco and Rosas (1928-1932), Ave Vicuña Mackenna 1680 (1932-1938), and Ave Vicuña Mackenna 3333 (1938-on)

YEARS OF OPERATION:

1928-1940s

DEMOLISHED:

Existing

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

These studios were some of the first in Chile and the head of Victor Talking Machine Co. of Chile.

Shanghai

VICTOR ‘Shanghai’ RECORDING STUDIOS (SHANGHAI, CHINA)

ADDRESS:

356 Bei Jing Dong Lu (Guohua Building)

YEARS OF OPERATION:

1930-1940s

DEMOLISHED:

Existing

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

These Studios were some of the first in China and the head of Victor Talking Machine Co. of China.

Yokohama

VICTOR ‘Yokohama’ RECORDING STUDIOS (YOKOHAMA, JAPAN)

ADDRESS:

3342 Moriya-cho, 3-chome, Kanagawa, Yokohama

YEARS OF OPERATION:

1928-1940s

DEMOLISHED:

Facade demolished 2010

SIGNIFICANCE TO MUSIC INDUSTRY:

These studios were some of the first in Japan, and the head of Victor Talking Machine Co. of Japan.