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1001 Uses for a Shipping Container #194: An Echo Chamber!

James Taylor, the American guitarist and singer-songwriter, is one of the best selling music artists of all time. He has sold over over 100 million records, won five Grammy awards and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has even been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama!

Taylor is highly respected in the music industry as a ‘genuine’ musician, largely resisting electronic instruments and effects, preferring instead to find ‘real’ sounds for his music. He has been hugely influential, the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Alison Krauss and Keith Urban all citing him as significant to their own sounds. When he needed an echo chamber for his home-studio he knew exactly what he wanted, and built it in a repurposed 40ft shipping container!

Shipping Container Acoustics

Before the invention of electronic sound effects recording engineers would use special rooms called ‘Echo Chambers’ to add ‘reverb’ to a sound. Reverb is an effect that makes a voice or instrument sound like it is in an actual physical space. The rooms would be constructed of materials with particular sound reflective properties, and would have walls and ceilings shaped to bounce sound waves in particular ways. These echo chambers each had their own sonic signature, one of the best being at Abbey Road Studios in London, used by both Taylor and the Beatles.

Taylor recognised that a shipping container could easily be modified to make an echo chamber, and had the added benefit of being mobile. In the video he takes us for a tour of his Echo Chamber Shipping Container, and we can see what changes were made to give the acoustic properties that he wanted.

Shipping Container Echo Chamber

James recorded his 2015 album ‘Before This World’ using the shipping container echo chamber, which went on to become his first American number one album. His next album, ‘American Standard’ was released in February 2020 and entered the chart at number 4, making Taylor the first artist to have top ten albums in six different decades and confirming his place amongst the Rock and Roll greats.

Budget Shipping Containers were not involved in this conversion project for James Taylor, we focus on UK sales and conversions. We did complete this project for Tottenham Hotspur football club – an acoustic barrier! Please give us a call if you need a Shipping Container Echo Chamber, acoustic barrier or any other type of container modification in the UK. We have a network of skilled fabrication teams capable of even the most specialist conversions. offer the UK’s largest online range of shipping containers for sale with a nationwide network of storage and conversion yards and crane equipped delivery vehicles.

If you need a shipping container feel free to browse our online range of shipping containers for sale, which also includes our ranges of flat pack sheds, container canopies and more. You can also call us on freephone 0808 1234 215 any time 9am – 7pm weekdays and our team will be happy to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, you can use our online shipping container quote form or request a telephone callback. In both cases we aim to get back to you within 1-2 working hours (may take longer for more detailed quotes).

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