Re-opening of the recording studio in Brad Pitt’s French villa

The legendary recording studio has been brought back to life, thanks in part to Brad Pitt.


Studio Miraval has been the site of dozens of classic recordings including Pink Floyd the wall And the WHAM’s “He whispered carelessly.” It is located on sprawling land Chateau Maravala French villa owned by Pete, 58, and Angelina Jolie47, and their 2014 wedding location. It’s now a file The cause of the legal strife Amid their ongoing divorce.


in a new way painting story coverPete and French producer Damien Cointard reveal the studio used by music icons such as AC / DCAnd the treatmentAnd the Elton John And the The scorpioncompletely renovated just a year after Pete announced it would reopen, and an inside look at the modernization of the modern space now known as Miraval Studios.


Built in 1977 by then-owner Jacques Loser, a French jazz pianist, the facility was ahead of its time, as it housed France’s first solid mixing palette. Designed to reproduce the sound heard in concert hall performances, the large, secluded facility also contained a separate drum room.


It remained in frequent use through the early 2000s, but gradually slowed down after Loussier sold the property in 1992. When Pitt and Jolie first discovered the villa in 2008, the studio, including its instruments, synthesizers, and in-house equipment, remained available.


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It wasn’t until last year that Pete finally decided it was time to tackle the studio head-on. “There were always plans to renovate the studio,” he said. painting. “It has a great historical source and so we didn’t want to do that until we could do something special.”


Quintard, 31, was exactly that special thing for Express train the star who said painting It was a “matter of instinct” to hire the producer for the job.


“As a French engineer, this was the Holy Grail,” Cointard said of the space redesign experience. “Miraval is one of those legendary and iconic studios. But it wasn’t until I came to Miraval that I realized how deep the roots are.”


While undertaking the renovation project, Quintard made sure to retain much of what gave the legendary studio its rich history.


“It was important for us to preserve all the analog technologies that are here, but also to fully integrate the best of today’s digital technologies,” he said. “We’re not just here to build a new studio: we’re here to honor a legacy.”


The guidance that Pete gave to the young producer was to keep the focus on what the musicians would be coming in there to do: creativity. “Let’s make a haven for artists to come and do whatever they want.”




In 2008, Pitt and Jolie signed a Long term lease contract On a plot of 1200 acres before it was officially purchased in 2012 at an estimated price 60 million dollars. It was often a vacation spot for the couple and their six children, and they hosted their wedding two years later.


Since the news of their separation in 2019, the French vineyard has become a hot topic, as it is not only a matter of ownership, but also the wine brand the couple launched in 2013, Maraval wine.


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In October 2021, Julie has sold her interests At Château Miraval to Tenute del Mondo, the parent company is the spirits manufacturer Stoli Group. according to People got legal documents In February 2022, Pitt claims that Jolie made the sale despite her previous agreement that neither would do so unless the other person agreed.


In the lawsuit, the fight club The representative claims that Jolie’s company Nouvel owes his company, Mondo Bongo, a right of first refusal and that the sale violated that right. Pitt’s lawyers also claimed that they believed Tenute del Mundo was “intent on taking control of Maraval”.


This was a move that Pete believed was intentionally intended to harm him, as legal People got it Proven.


The actor accused his ex-wife of “contributing nothing to Maraval’s success”, while the wine company became his “passionate” venture that has grown “into a multi-million dollar global company” because of his work.


a Via the complaint filed by Julie in October He says Pete’s claim is “false” and “there was no such agreement at all”. The lawsuit also alleged that Jolie offered to sell her stake to Pitt, but that he allegedly “demanded” a nondisclosure agreement that would prevent her from “speaking out of court about Pitt’s physical and emotional abuse of her and their children.”


“Jolie refused to agree to such a clause, and Pitt walked away from the deal,” the lawyers say in the documents.

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