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Stroud & Proud: Andrew Longhurst

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Raised in London, Andrew Longhurst built his first synthesizer when 17, started work at E-Zee Studios in 1983, was partner in two 24 track music studios from 1984, produced his first album in 1986, toured the world with various bands, was part of the world’s first VR studio in 1991 and has been involved in the digital media industry ever since.

He came to Stroud in 1993 for a fortnight to help a friend out who owned a fledgling multimedia/e-learning business and stayed. He set up various multimedia production businesses before becoming the International Product Manager for E-mu Systems, working from Pinewood Studios, and was involved in the development of several ground breaking digital technologies.

He set up MultiMedia Outsourcing UK Ltd in 2007, opening MMOUK Studios in Fromehall Mill in 2010 – with video and voice studios as well as post-production and led a team developing VR Events in multiple languages delivered across the globe.

He is one of the founding members of the Fromehall Mill Community Benefit Society who acquire Fromehall Mill as a community asset.

When are you at your happiest?

Either playing music or in the sun in our garden with my wife, a book and a glass of something cool

Fromehall mill 3 of 3 | Stroud & Proud: Andrew Longhurst
From left: Claire Hatfield, Creative Sustainability, Andrew Longhurst, MMO UK, Anna Bonallack, Creative Sustainability, and John Meletiou, Charity for the Promotion of Artistic Therapy. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

What has been the scariest moment in your life?

Witnessing a close family member spiral toward a prolonged  mental health episode

What has been your biggest disappointment? 

A business failure

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Strictly Come Dancing

Who is the most famous person in your phone?

That’s a long list and I cannot share….

What is your favourite smell?

My wife’s hair

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Me

What do you like most about living in the Stroud area?

The people, the hills, the air, the innovation and creativity and the community

What would you improve about Stroud?

The potholes

What is your ideal weekend?

Days and evenings in the garden with my wife and cats, sitting around a firepit stargazing

What is on your bucket list?

Touring Italy with my wife

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

Be kind, admit not knowing, always work with people better than you, love is the answer.

What book and song would you take with you if stranded on an uninhabited island?

The complete Alistair Reynolds Revelation Space anthology and Close to the Edge, Yes.

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