Parsons School of Design – NYC – 2 West 13th Street, 12th fl – Skyroom, New York, NY 10011
Title: “Lessons from Electric Lady Studios”
Presented by: John Storyk, Founding Partner & Director of Design, WSDG
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Architecture and Acoustics of Recording Studios
Analysis to Prediction to Realization
John Storyk, R.A., AES, Founding Partner
WSDG – Walters-Storyk Design Group
The recording studio has changed dramatically in the past 10 years in ways that were at one time almost unpredictable. Both the business models and the studio designs, as well as equipment configurations are markedly different, with changes continuing virtually every week. The shift from large ‘all at once’ sessions to a file-based – shared mixing process has ushered in a new era of small, yet extremely powerful and highly flexible audio content creation environments. These ‘next generation’ rooms continue to depend on pristine acoustics, while the aesthetic and comfort factors remain high priorities. Studios will always want to provide the ultimate critical listening conditions and standards. Digital recording and mixing technologies have changed, but the skills of recording, mixing and mastering engineers will continue to drive the creative process. These rooms will continue to depend on the architect/acoustician’s ability to create or ‘tune’ the environment to maximize its acoustic potential.
John Storyk, Founding Partner and Principal of WSDG – Walters-Storyk Design Group has been responsible for designing over 3000 media and content creation 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 and Berklee College of Music, Boston (2015 TEC Award winner), and Valencia, Spain; and media rooms for such corporate clients as Hoffman La Roche. Studio projects include NYC’s Jungle City Studios and private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland, film composers Carter Burwell and A.R. Rahman, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, Owl City, Harry Connick Jr., and Grammy award winning producer Paul Epworth. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Rafael Vinoly, Norman Foster, Oscar Niemeyer, Phillipe Stark and Nicholas Grimshaw. WSDG is an eleven-time winner of the prestigious NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices and representation in NY, SF, LA, Miami, Buenos Aires, Belo Horizonte (Brazil) , Basel, Berlin, Beijing, Barcelona, Mexico City, St. Petersburg and Mumbai.