In the depths of Studio Faust Records in Prague is a sprawling live tracking space lovingly referred to as “The Basement of Hell”. The concrete labyrinth has a unique acoustic signature, as does studio founder Richard “Faust” Mader – a prominent guitarist on the Czech alternative scene under communism, with an enduring passion for vintage equipment and novel ideas. I joined him for a guided tour of the studio, immortalised in an album by the British post-punk band Killing Joke.


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