NEW YORK: As the gold (and Platinum) dust from the 2017 Grammy Awards settles on the recording industry field, WSDG congratulates the studios, engineers and artists whose work was recognized this year. Ann Mincieli’s showplace Jungle City Studio on NY’s Highline hosted numerous “top secret” sessions for Beyonce’s critically acclaimed (and multi-Grammy-winning) Lemonade. Electric Lady Studios hosted David Bowie and Adele, who also recorded portions of 25, her Album and Record of The Year at Paul Epworth’s The Church Studios in London.
Beyond the WSDG-designed studios recording Grammy mega-hits, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Control Room played a critical role in the production of the 2017 Grammy Award-Winning Best Orchestra Performance, (Deutsche Grammophon) recording of, Shostakovich Under Stalin’s Shadow featuring Shostakovich’s Symphonies 5, 8, and 9, recorded by BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons. This marks the second consecutive year in which the BSO has garnered a Grammy Award in this category. Coincidentally, WSDG won a NAMM Studio Design Project TEC Award in January for the BSO Control Room.
“Some day we’d like to total up all the Platinum, Gold and Grammy-winning albums recorded at WSDG-designed studios,” founding partner John Storyk remarked. “It ought to be a pretty impressive number.”
Pictured standing l-t-r in the BSO Control Room are: Recording Engineer Nick Squire, WSDG architect/acoustician John Storyk, BSO Director of Concert Operations Christopher W. Ruigomez, award-winning sound engineer Shawn Murphy and (seated) BSO Conductor Andris Nelsons. Photo by PK Pandey
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, Cemex, and Sony. Studio projects include NYC’s Jungle City Studios for award winning engineer, Ann Mincieli, Green Day (CA), Jay-Z (NY), film composers Carter Burwell (NY), 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 an eleven-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.