NEW YORK: In keeping with AES Convention tradition, the Walters-Storyk Design Group will be deeply involved in the 127th AES Convention set for Oct. 9-12 at NY’s Javits Center. Beyond spending quality time meeting with clients and heads of the company’s global offices at the WSDG Booth #628, team members will participate in a number of AES events.
Friday, Oct. 9, 9:00AM – 11:00AM, John Storyk and WSDG Europe partner/GM Dirk Noy will chair – Studio Design and Acoustics: A Case Study: A team of creative design and system integration specialists will discuss the myriad variables in site selection, planning, construction, systems integration, acoustics, HVAC, and aesthetics related to a major facility design project. Participants include: Independent NY-based HVAC expert Marcy Ramos; Judy Elliott-Brown, systems integration specialist with NY’s Connectivity Inc.; leading contractor Chris Harmaty of NY’s Technical Structures, and Brian Wick,
Director of Technical Operations/Partner audioEngine.
Friday, 2:30 to 5:30,, WSDG Engineers Judy Elliot-Brown and David Kotch will join Storyk in leading an AES Technical tour of NYU’s new Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions: At 7500 + sq. ft. this recording studio/teaching complex currently under construction near Washington Sq. Park will be one of the largest and most technically advanced audio teaching facilities in the U.S. With studio design & acoustics created by WSDG and a Dangerous Music Monitor ST/SR 10.2 surround monitor system, the complex features oversized control and live rooms, a large iso/drum booth, natural light from multiple windows, and line of site through the entire studio.
Saturday, Oct. 11, 5:00PM to 7:00PM: Storyk will join industry veteran/Record Plant founder Chris Stone and TEC Hall of Famers George Massenburg, Phil Ramone , Eddie Kramer and David Hewitt in presenting the 25th Annual TEC Awards.
Monday, Oct. 12, 9:00AM to Noon: audioEngine Director of Technical Operations/Partner Brian Wick and Storyk will lead a Technical tour of the showplace audio post studio complex. Providing a full range of creative services to the advertising, broadcast, and film industries, this facility spans two floors and 12,000 square feet. Among the six mixing rooms and unique studio environments are the recently completed WSDG-designed, Dolby-approved Studio E which specializes in theatrical mixing, and the Adirondacks-style inspired Studio F, the ‘Cabin In The Sky.’
In addition to their roles in various AES events, Storyk and his WSDG (and life) partner Beth Walters will conduct a series of meetings with the heads of the firms’ European, Brazilian and Argentine offices during the days leading up to the 127th AES Convention.
“While we hold weekly Internet-based group meetings, and are constantly in touch with the heads of all our global offices, the AES Convention is a perfect opportunity for a series of sit down gatherings,” says company Interior Design chief/co-principal Beth Walters. “Interactive digital communications has greatly simplified our ability to exchange drawings, specs, design solutions and generally brainstorm with our
50+ international staff members. However, the AES Convention enables us to sit down with the heads of our global team for invaluable in-depth face time.
“Our Latin American counterparts Sergio and Silvia Molho who head our Buenos Aires office; Renato Cipriano, head of our office in Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and Dirk Noy, our Basel, Switzerland-based European partner/GM, will all participate in meetings to coordinate our on-going global strategy.
“We have been extremely fortunate to have built this highly skilled and dedicated team,” Walters concludes. “Our collaboration has enabled all of us to weather the current international financial situation with a minimum of disruptions. We believe our firm personifies the AES philosophy of a strong commitment in support for the industry which has not only provided our livelihoods, but has made such a positive impact on worldwide communications, education and entertainment.”
Photo: audioEngine Dolby – approved Studio E, AES Technical Tour site 10/12/09
The Walters-Storyk Design Group www.wsdg.com has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, Interlochen Public Radio, CBS and WNET, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include private studios for the Goo Goo Dolls, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, Tracy Chapman, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith; Green Day, Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a six-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design. The firm maintains offices in NY, SF, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Mexico City and Switzerland.