ROME, ITALY: WSDG-Walters-Storyk Design Group co-founder, architect/acoustician John Storyk recently addressed a gathering of 100+ students and members of Italy’s pro audio industry at Rome’s Universita’ Degli Studi De Roma Tor Vergata. Entitled ‘Acoustics And Architecture of Recording Studios, From Electric Lady To Today,’ Storyk’s 90-minute presentation provided an insightful retrospective on the art, science, acoustic and aesthetic evolution of the recording studio.
Beginning with his first (1969) design commission, the still active Electric Lady Studiosin NY’s Greenwich Village, the presentation included examples of how changing technology and advances in acoustic realization have raised the standards and capabilities of today’s studio environment. Contemporary examples included Jungle City Studios in New York, Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios in London and the recently completed Berklee College of Music 160 Mass. Ave. complex in Boston.
The lecture was coordinated by, Giulio Curà, WSDG representative in Italy.
Photo: WSDG co-founder John Storyk presents a lecture on the evolution of the contemporary recording studio to Universita’ Degli Studi De Roma Tor Vergata students in Rome.
WSDG-Walters-Storyk Design Group, 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, Art Institute 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 and private studios for Green Day (CA), Jay-Z (NY), film composers Carter Burwell (NY) and 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 nine-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.