My Forever Studio: Jordan Rudess and the hoarding of keyboards

Rudess talks dream synths, long lost synths, his growing guitar collection, working with Bowie, ChatGPT and, oh, his forever studio, of course

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Jordan Rudess

Jordan Rudess

This week on the My Forever Studio podcast, we’re going way up into the Hawaiian mountains as the one and only Jordan Rudess tells podcast hosts Chris Barker and Will Betts about the contents of his forever space.

Rudess, once voted ‘Best Keyboardist of All Time’, is a multi-talented musician recognised for his exceptional skills on the keys. Though he began his musical training with classical piano, Rudess turned to synthesizers and progressive rock music as he grew older, despite his parents and teachers insisting he stick with piano. He’s performed with a number of groups, including Dream Theater, Liquid Tension Experiment, and the Rudess/Morgenstein Project and released eight studio albums with Dream Theater.

On the 55th episode of the My Forever Studio podcast, Rudess runs through his six Forever studio items. He also shares fascinating stories about working with David Bowie and Tony Visconti, discusses his newfound love for guitars, using ChatGPT to annoy Dream Theatre’s John Petrucci, and the mistake of selling his Moog Model D.

In collaboration with Audient, the My Forever Studio podcast invites artists, producers, and engineers to design their ultimate creative space in any location in the universe. Each week, we give fans a peek into the minds of the music industry’s most talented figures. We ask: ‘What would your dream forever studio look like?’ So far, we’ve heard about Dot Major’s London space, Amon Tobin’s floating studio and VNCCII’s AI-integrated space-based future utopia.

Despite the freedom to dream big, there are specific guidelines for the Forever Studio. Participants must choose their possessions carefully, as they are restricted to a limited number of items in the studio. It’s all fun and games until someone mentions bundles. There will be no bundles!

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