Each Job is Unique
The photographs on the first two pages of this website show a variety of acoustic designs for a range of different purposes. Sonobox, for example, is in the ground floor and basement of a residential building in central Madrid, whilst Calma Estudis is on the specially reinforced top floor of an apartment building in Mallorca. Although the two studios bear a visual resemblance to each other and sound very similar, their inner constructions are very different, due to the differences between the buildings in which they are sited.
Neo was constructed in a newly-built winery, of the same name, in the Ribero del Duero wine belt. It also has microphone lines for recording in the enormous hall where all the barrels are stored. Tio Pete was built in an industrial warehouse, where the owner asked for Philip Newell to design the studio as though it were for himself. Cinemar Films was another carte blanche design. Engineers from the parent company had previously worked in Soundub (then known as Soundtrack) in Barcelona, and asked for Cinemar Films to be built to a similar concept as the room in which they had been working.
During the building of Dobrolyot, the outside temperature in St Petersburg rarely rose above -30º C. At Neptar, on the other hand, some members of the construction team started very early each day, so that they could finish at 5 pm and head for the beaches, to surf in the breakers of the Atlantic Ocean in the warmth of the Canary Islands.
Blackwing Studios was almost the life, for many years, of producer Eric Radcliffe (as in Upstairs at Eric’s). Many famous artistes recorded there in the 1980s and ‘90s. Mantra was a discotheque which was famous for its sound quality. Four McCauley 6174s drove the four-metre-wide, concrete, low-frequency horn, below the stage.
The first room at Audio Projects, in La Garriga, led to the construction of a whole raft of rooms. Crash, in Manresa, and Escuelas Musicales Metropolis, in Vigo, are recording and music academies, respectively, whilst Rockaway was the realisation of a dream for Gabriel Ordoñez.
The Motor Museum (formerly The Pink Museum) is close to Liverpool town centre. It takes the musicians into a totally different world of peace and tranquillity. With all the natural light from the roof, it is a world in itself. Built in a former bus garage which had been turned into a museum of motors for a few years, it was designed as the new studio for Hambi Haralambous, the then owner of a nearby studio called The Pink. The subsequent transfer of The Pink into the motor museum gave rise to the name The Pink Museum, but later owners changed the name to The Motor Museum. It is still unique in its surrealistic and secluded ‘village’ concept, yet once outside the front door, there is a great selection of restaurants for all tastes within only a few hundred metres, on Lark Lane.
Every construction has its own story to tell. As the starting conditions are different in each case, so must be the designs if the acoustic and the aesthetic requirements are to be met in the final result. Almost never is the same design built twice. In each case, the design begins from a clean sheet of paper.