WSDG-Designed Stitcher CR with view into Live Room ©John Muggenborg
NEW YORK: WSDG Walters-Storyk Design Group, Partner/Director of Business Development, Sergio Molho reports that two recently completed projects are nominated for the 2020 NAMM TEC Awards Outstanding Creative Achievement Award in the Studio Design Project Category. “We are especially pleased to have both Stitcher Studios and the Zhejiang Conservatory Of Music (ZJCM) nominated because they so beautifully illustrate the diversity of our client base,” Molho said.
WSDG-Designed Stitcher Live Room ©John Muggenborg
“We are also extremely excited about the prospects for winning our 12th NAMM TEC Award, especially as we are beginning to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of John Storyk’s very first project, Electric Lady Studios for Jimi Hendrix. To date thirty-one, WSDG studio design projects (including five multiple-entry nominations), have competed for TEC Awards since the event debuted in 1985. Our most recent win was in 2017 for the Boston Symphony Orchestra Control Room. We received the 2016 TEC for Paul Epworth’s The Church Studio in London, and the 2015 TEC for the Berklee College of Music, 160 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA.
One of the earliest, most creative and most prolific proponents of the burgeoning Podcast production field, Stitcher’s 2000 sq. ft. studio is a key element of the firm’s 20,000 sq. ft. headquarters overlooking Manhattan’s Bryant Park. Stitcher provides a 360-degree suite of production, distribution and monetization services to podcast creators, artists, entertainers and thought leaders.
ZJCM, the Zhejiang Conservatory Of Music in Hangzhou, China, is one of the largest and most ambitious projects in recent WSDG history. Set on a 100-acre campus within an ultra-modern 8000 sq. ft. two story building, ZJCM’s 3200 sq. ft. live recording studio can host sessions of 100+ member orchestras. Its’ 26 ft. high ceiling is distinguished by an iconic oval ceiling cloud which serves as both an acoustical treatment and a unique lighting element. In addition to ZJCM’s primary role of instructing next-generation recording engineers, producers and artists, the school’s live room is also used to record feature film scores and professional concert performances while providing students with genuine real-world production experience.
WSDG ZJCM Live Room with iconic ceiling cloud/lighting/acoustic element Photos by Josef Müller
“The fact that these two studio projects are so dissimilar in size and purpose makes our NAMM TEC Award Nominations all the sweeter,” Molho says. “It speaks not only to the diversity of these particular projects, but to the incredible breadth of our industry itself. We are living in extraordinary times and we work in an amazing field. We congratulate our fellow nominees, and are proud to participate in this wonderful event with them.”
Ballots for the online voting period (Nov. 20 – Dec 31, 2019) will be distributed online. The 35th Annual 2020 NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards will be presented on Saturday evening, January 18, 2020 in the Pacific Ballroom at the Hilton Anaheim Hotel.
About WSDG, LLC: For nearly 50 years WSDG has been designing media production facilities worldwide, nearly 4000, and counting. Projects range from Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studio and Jazz At Lincoln Center in New York, to broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes, and corporate clients such as Sony, IBM and Novartis. Recent credits include Jungle City in New York, The Church Studio, in London, private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys and Academy Award-nominated film composer, Carter Burwell. WSDG has collaborated with such noted architects as Frank Gehry, Philippe Stark, Rafael Viñoly, Santiago Calatrava, Grimshaw, and Norman Foster. An eleven-time winner of the prestigious pro audio NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, WSDG maintains U.S. offices in New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco and Miami and global offices in Barcelona, Basel, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Belo Horizonte, Buenos Aires, Guangzhou, Mexico City and Mumbai.
Featured Image WSDG-Designed Stitcher Control Room with view into Live Room ©John Muggenborg