BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: On Thursday evening June 1, John Storyk, architect/ acoustician and founding partner of WSDG – Walters-Storyk Design Group, will address the popular Alto Music Happy Hour Series. With credentials ranging from Jimi Hendrix’s historic Electric Lady in 1970 to NY’s Jungle City and Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios in London WSDG has set a standard for studio design and acoustical excellence for nearly 50 years.
Coordinated by Alto Music exec Dan Physics, the Happy Hour Series has been drawing SRO crowds to the monthly gatherings for 3 years. Industry pros ranging from Joel Hamilton and Ben Lilly of ATC Loudspeakers to Dusty Wakeman of Mojave Audio and Al Sutton of Acme Audio have shared their experience, and trade secrets with Brooklyn-based recording artists, engineers and enthusiasts of all stripes.
John Storyk lectures regularly at Berklee College of Music (Boston) where he is an adjunct professor of Acoustics and Studio Design. He has addressed classes at NYU, Yale, Columbia, and many other universities. His Alto Music presentation will be highlighted by a retrospective of his first (and still active) studio design, Electric Lady in Greenwich Village. He will also discuss the continuing relevance for both home/project studios AND ‘mega’ studios. Technical issues ranging from acoustics and isolation to speaker placement and future 3D audio production environments will be addressed.
The presentation will close with a brief comparison of the similar goals and dramatically different solutions of three diverse Project Studios. One built inside a 140 sq. ft. Airstream Trailer (circa 1958), another built 22 feet below a luxurious new 5000 sq. ft. Victorian home in an “Undisclosed Location,” and Blue Table Post, just completed in a renovated Boerum Hill townhouse.
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1 WSDG founding partner John Storyk photo by Tom Lemke
2 Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios Writing Room, London
3 Blue Table Post, Brooklyn, NY
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 and Sony. Studio projects include NYC’s Jungle City for award winning engineer, Ann Mincieli, Green Day, Jay-Z, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, and Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios (London). And, film composers Carter Burwell (US), A.R. Rahman (India). 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. An eleven-time winner of the NAMM TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, WSDG maintains offices in New York, Miami, Buenos Aires (Argentina), Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Basel (Switzerland), and representatives in Barcelona, Moscow, Guangzhou (China), Florence (Italy), Mexico City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.