BOSTON, MASS: Nearly 50 years after designing his first recording studio, (Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady), architect/acoustician/WSDG co-founder John Storyk finds many of the lessons he learned from that initial assignment still relevant in today’s substantially evolved recording environment. On Thursday, April 21st at 6PM, Storyk will share his experience with members of the AES Boston Section at Mad Oak Studios, WSDG’s most recent studio project.
“Technology, acoustic treatments, business models, and other studio staples have changed significantly, in ways that were completely unpredictable,” Storyk says. “Just as music distribution formats have progressed from vinyl to eight track, CD and now digital streaming, and from mono to stereo to surround to immersive, studio design continues to experience a state of permanent transition. Issues of size, recording style, musical tastes, micing, tracking and mastering are continually changing. But, within that fluctuating environment, isolation, eye contact between artists and engineers and the on-going search for the ‘perfectly tuned’ recording/listening environment remain constant objectives.”
The most recent addition to a client portfolio that includes over 3500 studios around the globe, Mad Oak is a 1000 sq. ft. showplace, which blends state of the art design elements with new and vintage gear to create an acoustically, aesthetically and technologically distinctive recording environment.
“We selected Mad Oak as the venue for this presentation because it personifies the progression of the recording ecosystem,” Storyk concludes. “We’ve incorporated methods for interlacing new and long-established design techniques to create the best possible studio. This 90-minute presentation will provide AES Boston Section members with a clear, colorful and illuminating overview on studio design.”
Photo: WSDG co-founder John Storyk will address the AES Boston Section on Apr.21
WSDG, a media facility design and consulting firm has collaborated on over 3500 audio /video facilities worldwide. Credits include Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios (1969); NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center and, Le Poisson Rouge; broadcast facilities for The Food Network, ESPN, and WNET; major education complexes for NYU, The Art Institutes and Berklee College of Music, Valencia and Boston (2015 TEC winner); and media rooms for such corporate clients as Hoffman La Roche, Cemex, and Sony. Studio projects include NYC’s Jungle City Studios for award winning engineer, Ann Mincieli, Green Day (CA), Jay-Z (NY), film composers Carter Burwell (NY), A.R. Rahman (India), Aerosmith (Boston), Bruce Springsteen (NJ), Alicia Keys (NY), and Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios (London).WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, Sergio Molho, Silvia Molho, Renato Cipriano, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Phillipe Stark. WSDG is a ten-time winner of the NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in New York, Miami, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Basel (Switzerland) with representatives in Barcelona (Spain), Moscow, Guangzhou (China), Florence (Italy), Mexico City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.