Legendary audio engineer Steve Albini built his Chicago studio brick by brick - WXPN | Vinyl At Heart
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Electrical Audio in Chicago doesn’t seem like much from the outside. Inside, the brown brick building is a two-studio complex that opened in 1997. There’s a door with a small plaque that simply reads “Electrical Audio.”

If you didn’t know it was there, you’d never guess that it’s the headquarters of one of music’s most renowned engineers: Steve Albini.

In the latest installment of our Sense of Place series, the World Cafe team is exploring Chicago’s music scene. In this episode, you’ll get a look inside the recording space where Albini engineered albums by bands like The Breeders, PJ Harvey, Jarvis Cocker and the Pixies. Oh, and a little album by Nirvana called In Utero.

World Cafe producer Miguel Perez contributed to this post.

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