A Slice Of Rock Folklore For $2.4-Mil
News posted Friday, May 6 2011 at 01:00 PM.
Related: Gareth Liddiard, Jack Ladder.
The 115-year-old Yass homestead where Gareth Liddiard recorded his Australian Music Prize-nominated solo debut Strange Tourist has been put on the market.
Blackburn Estate – a 100-acre property about 40 minutes from Canberra – is currently listed on property website domain.com.au. For a lazy $2.4-million, you get 100 acres of grazing pastures and native wooded country; a three-storey brick construction homestead with 14 open fireplaces, nine bedrooms and three bathrooms; gardens, stables, a tennis court and lake; 144,000 litres of fresh water storage, three sheds and cattleyards; plus the added satisfaction of knowing Liddiard recorded an Australian classic in your living room.
Currently operating as a reception centre, Blackburn Estate was first happened upon by Jack Ladder and producer Burke Reid, who were looking for a destination between Sydney (their hometown) and Melbourne (where their gear was) to record Ladder’s third album Hurtsville. They made full use of the property’s expansive living areas.
“It has this big atrium area with a staircase that goes up three flights,” Ladder told M+N. “So we were miking up this whole room and putting microphones at the top of the staircase to capture that full reverb sound. Playing the drums in there and creating these huge guitar sounds – you’re getting a much larger picture.”
The property was also immortalised in M+N writer Andrew Ramadge’s online novella The World According to Gaz, which detailed the recording of Liddiard’s Strange Tourist. The album was supposed to be recorded elsewhere, but Reid was reportedly so enamored of the place he convinced Liddiard to record there. “Inside the wooden doors the mansion opens up to a giant main room and a staircase in the middle going up three flights,” wrote Ramadge. “Gaz is on the floor behind all these microphones and a stool and a table and a guitar, breaking and stripping tinder and putting it in the fire.”
Palace Of Fire, which features ex-members of Wolfmother and Charge Group, are also said to have recorded there.