Angela writes:

I work in the music industry and recieve a monthly newsletter from a London-based company called FX Rentals that rents audio equipment to studios, engineers, producers, etc., etc. The February 2002 newsletter has a little story relating to their work for Howard Shore.

‘FX Rentals were recently asked by Air Edel to convert a two-room suite at the Landmark Hotel, London into a fully-fledged production studio. The extraordinary request was made on behalf of the top film composer Howard Shore, who was in London to compose and record the Lord of the Rings film score.

Shore, whose credits include the Silence of the Lambs, Seven and Philadelphia, asked for the hotel suite to be transformed into an environment that was similar to his New York-based studio, Tuxedo.

FX supplied a range of equipment including a selection of MIDI keyboards, a Klipsch Promedia 2.1 personal audio system, five 1031a Genelec self-powered speakers for surround monitoring, a Mackie 1604 mixer, a Sony PVM video monitor and Furman pro-power distribution.

Air Edel’s Karen Elliott says: ‘Howard decided to set up a temporary studio in his hotel suite because he needed to deal with picture changes and recording sessions during the day, which meant he would write at the end of each session, usually 10pm until the early hours of the morning.’

Elliott adds: ‘When I was asked to fulfil such an ambitious equipment request I instantly thought of FX Rentals. Put simply, I knew they would be able to deliver the equipment we needed on time and on budget.’