John Storyk – Tour/Presentation of Berklee College of Music’s New Audio Education Complex

Thurs. April 17, 7pm

Steve Heck Room  1140 Boylston Street, Boston  

(located at Boylston and Hemenway).  The room is directly opposite the main entrance.

Photo:  Rendering of Berklee 160 Mass Live Room designed by WSDG 

John Storyk will lead an AES Boston Section tour of what looms as one of the largest, most technically advanced and innovative professional audio teaching /production/ performances ever built.   In design and construction for over three years, this two full floor, 14,000 sq. ft. component of a new $100 million, 16-story building, represents the heart and raison d’être for the Berklee College of Music’s next generation audio education program.

With nine studios, including a cutting edge 1300 sq. ft. recording/mixing suite; a 700 sq. ft. Dolby Atmos™ Dubbing Stage and a 400 sq. ft. (self-contained Sweet Spot) Mastering/Critical Listening Lab the new complex is being readied for formal opening in June.

In addition to touring the audio teaching/production/complex the AES tour will also visit the 400-seat ‘Berklee Café.’ Distinguished by a commanding floor to ceiling glass wall overlooking Massachusetts Ave, and originally conceived as a student-dining hall, the Café was repurposed early in the design phase as a performance venue with full audio/ video connectivity to the studio complex.

The AES tour will include a review of the initial conceptualization process as well as the design construction and systems integration facets of the project.  Note, System integration encompassed routing, running and connecting upwards of 100,000 feet of analog audio, video, CAT-6 and speaker wire with over 30,000 connections via 5500+ connectors.

As an aspiring musician and architecture student at Princeton and Columbia Universities, John Storyk’s career has followed a natural pursuit of his two favorite subjects. Forty years on, his occupational inclinations have produced the design and construction of over 3000 world-class audio and video production facilities, recording studios, radio stations, corporate media and conference rooms, educational, sports and entertainment facilities, clubs, and theaters.  His work includes private studios for Jay-Z, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys.

John Storyk’s first commission was for Jimi Hendrix in 1969.  That studio, Electric Lady, continues to churn out hit records today in its original site in NY’s Greenwich Village. Storyk’s more recent credits range from multi‑million dollar recording facilities in Kuala Lumpur to NY’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, Le Poisson Rouge and 54 Below, to studios in Argentina, Brazil, Europe and China. His 2011 Jungle City, a $6+ million NYC ‘Destination Studio’ was featured in the NY Times and Vanity Fair.

WSDG Broadcast facility design credits include architecture and/or audio-acoustic planning and design for CBS, WNET, Food Network, TSR Broadcasting, Geneva; UPC Broadcasting, Amsterdam; VGTRK – Public Broadcasting/Moscow; and, in partnership with ARTEC Consultants, the audio studios at Jazz At Lincoln Center, now operating as XM Broadcasting facilities. WSDG has also designed distance-learning facilities for Hunter College (NYC), the experimental Ross School in East Hampton, NY, the $6.8 million NYU James L. Dolan Recording/Teaching/Research Complex, and the recently completed Berklee Valencia and soon to be completed Berklee Boston campus where he also serves as an adjunct professor.

John Storyk is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Audio Engineering Society (AES).  He is a frequent contributor to AES Convention Panels and Papers.  A recipient of the AES Fellowship Award, he lectures at schools around the U.S. and has established courses in acoustics at Yale University, Columbia, NYU, Ex’Pression College, SF; Full Sail Center, Orlando; and Berklee College of Music in Boston where he is currently adjunct professor of Acoustics and Studio Design.

The Walters-Storyk Design Group is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design.  WSDG maintains a staff of fifty designers and engineers, and offices in NY, SF, LA, Miami, Beijing, Basel, Switzerland; Buenos Aires, Germany, Spain, Belo Horizonte, Brazil Mumbai, India and St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Studio of the Future: 2020–2050

Thurs. March 27,  7 pm,  Devlin Hall – Room 026  Boston College

A brief look at the evolution of audio electronics, a theory of innovation, and a sweeping vision for the next forty years of audio production technology. Informed by the growth theories of Moore, Cray, and Kurzweil, we project the next forty years of professional audio products, production techniques, and delivery formats.

John La Grou is founder and chair of POW-r Consortium, the world’s leading digital-audio bit-length reduction algorithms, used annually on roughly 1/3 of all CDs and audio downloads (licensed by Apple, Avid, etc.). “If you listen to music, you listen to POW-r.”

He is founder and CEO of Millennia Media, a world leader in the design of audio electronics for critical acoustic music. Roughly half of all major Hollywood film scores are recorded via Millennia electronics. Over 50,000 Millennia channels are in use worldwide. Millennia has received 30+ major industry awards and was recently selected by the U.S. Library of Congress to design and manufacture a new generation of archiving electronics for converting the Library’s collection of 3 million legacy audio recordings (of every conceivable historic format) onto high resolution digital storage.


FROM POINTS NORTH AND SOUTH: Take Interstate 95 (Route 128) to Exit 24 (Route 30). Proceed east on Route 30, also known as Commonwealth Avenue, and follow for about five miles to Boston College.

FROM POINTS WEST: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. At the first set of lights after the exit ramp, take a right onto Centre Street. Follow Centre Street to the fourth set of lights, and turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow Commonwealth Avenue 1-1/2 miles to Boston College.

FROM DOWNTOWN BOSTON: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. Take a left over the bridge after passing the Sheraton Tara Hotel. Take the first right onto Centre Street. Follow above directions from Centre Street.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The Boston College branch of the MBTA’s “Green Line” (B) ends at the Boston-Newton boundary on Commonwealth Avenue

Devlin Hall is located in the center of the Chestnut Hill Campus. Parking is available in the Commonwealth Ave Garage for a minimal price. The entrance for Room 026 is in the rear of Devlin hall. Parking on Commonwealth Ave is also FREE!

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Boston AES January Network Night Hosted by Andy Edelstein

When: Thurs. Jan. 30, 7-10p

Where: 380 Pleasant St. (Rt.60), Belmont MA 02478

Parking: Some parking at the house but maneuvering might be tricky. Probably best to park on Scott Rd. (directly across Pleasant St. from the house). 

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Annual Boston AES Holiday Party

Join the Boston Section of the Audio Engineering Society at our annual Holiday Party. The party is hosted by John Weston of Futura Productions. It is a great time to meet new people, listen to the projects Futura has been working on. Feel free to bring a project to share. Food and beverages will be provided.

When: Tue, Dec 10, 2013,  7:00 – 10:00 PM

Where: Futura Productions
4 Belgrade Ave, Roslindale, MA 02131

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Featuring a state-of-the-art recording studio located in the Roslindale neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, Futura Productions handles a variety of projects from all over the world.
Home to the most advanced recording facility in New England, Futura Productions features a spacious control room containing one of the nation’s largest ProTools systems, acoustics for stereo and 5.1 surround sound, mastering quality monitoring, a large format (128 input) moving fader mixing surface with automation and recall of every mix parameter, a dizzying array of outboard gear ranging from vintage analog to modern high end digital, a comprehensive mic collection, and analog or 24 bit digital multitrack and mixdown capability. Film/TV and video game scoring and mix-to-pix projects are displayed in high-definition on the 100″ screen.
Recording ensembles of up to 60 musicians or 100 vocalists is easily handled in the live room, which measures an enormous 60′ by 38′ with a 22′ arched ceiling. This former Masonic lodge is the largest studio recording space in New England. It features a great ambient room sound with concert hall acoustics, 2 isolation rooms, and a 9′ Steinway CD327 concert grand piano. This magnificent piano features the “Hamburg” action and is widely considered to be one of the finest recording pianos on the east coast.
All styles, from pop to rock, classical, jazz, acappella, folk, electronica, dance, hip-hop, world music and gospel are welcome here. Whether you want to record a new album, or music for a film, TV show, or video game, Futura Productions can handle it. We have worked with numerous platinum level producers and engineers such as Lou Giordano, Bob St. John, Anthony Resta, P Diddy, and Tom Bates.
John Weston, prior to starting Futura Productions, was a co-owner of one of New England’s most successful recording studios, Metropolis Recording Studio. John has recorded and produced many projects for both major and independent record labels, and has worked with numerous platinum level producers and engineers. In 2007, John was nominated for the Latin Grammy Record of the Year for his work with Beyonce and Shakira on the song “Beautiful Liar”.

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Boston AES Sept. Network Night hosted @ Creative Audio Works

When: Tues. Sept. 24th, 7-10p

Where: Creative Audio Works, 15 Bay Colony Dr., Plymouth, MA 02360

Directions: Route 3 south towards Cape Cod. About 25 miles from the Braintree split you will enter Plymouth.  Take exit 4 (a left hand exit) Manomet/Plymouth Plantation. and travel about 1.5 miles to the 2nd exit which is the exit to Plymouth Plantation.  At the end of the ramp turn left onto River St.  Travel about 1/8 mile to stop sign. Go straight up a long hill, Bay Colony Drive is the first street on the right side.  Creative Audio Works is located at #15 Bay Colony Drive on the right.

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Boston AES August Network Night Hosted @ Tufts University

When: Tues August 27th, 7-10p

Where: Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Ave., Medford, MA 02155

About the Granoff Music Center

From the classrooms, practice rooms and rehearsal spaces to — most significantly — the 300-seat recital hall, the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center was designed with exquisite attention to acoustical detail. The new 55,000-square-foot facility will allow Tufts students and faculty, along with the wider community, to learn, teach, create, perform and enjoy music in a way that has previously not been possible on campus.

 Additional features of the Granoff Music Center include:

  • An airy, sky-lit atrium that can serve as a reception area
  • A box office (a new feature for the music department)
  • Three acoustically sealed classrooms, with 65, 35 and 25 seats, respectively
  • 20 faculty offices
  • A multimedia lab with computers
  • Instrument storage areas, with special lockers for larger instruments
  • Practice rooms, including rooms designed specifically for use by percussion and other loud instruments
  • Rehearsal rooms, seminar rooms and ensemble spaces
  • New quarters for the Lilly Music Library, a branch of the Tisch library that includes listening stations and high-density, compressible stacks.
  • A two-story, acoustically separate rehearsal hall located beneath the Distler Performance Hall that can also be used for recitals.
  • A lower-level connection to Cohen auditorium.

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Annual Boston AES Family Cookout 2013

Help us hang out and make the AES proud!

How else can you do so much by doing so little?

Join us on Sun. July 21st from 1-5pm for the Annual Boston AES Family Cookout, hosted by Dave Moulton at his place in the country ­ 39 Ames Rd., Groton, MA. 01450

Food and Drink will be provided but you may bring anything you wish.

Dave’s place has 25 acres of meadows, trails in the woods, an elaborate stone garden with stereo(!) waterfalls and (new for 2013) large hanging bell arrays (wind chimes on steroids), plus a heated swimming pool (using a very mild salt solution, not chlorine, as the filtering agent).  It’s really nice!  The place is kid-friendly, frisbee friendly and just generally a nice place to hang!  Feel free to bring family or friends.  Anyone wishing to use the pool should bring their own towels. Additional chairs will also be helpful.

For those of you who are interested, there’s also Dave’s surround listening room.  Bring a CD for fun!


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Thanks to our contributing sponsor Narragansett Beer:




To get there:

1A.  From most of Boston:  Make your way to Route 2 westbound.  Proceed west past Route 128 and bypass Concord, proceeding to I-495.  Go north on I-495 (or east, whichever it says). You want to get to Exit 31, the intersection of I-495 and Route 119 in Littleton, MA.

1B.  From the North, South or West:  Make your way to I-495.  Go to Exit 31, the intersection of I-495 and Route 119 in Littleton, MA.

2.  Proceed west on Route 119 from I-495, toward Groton.

3.  Pass the intersection where Route 225 joins Route 119 (about 3 miles from I-495).

4.  Pass Gay Road (on right) and MRM Associates (red barn on left) (about another 2 miles from I-495).

5.  Turn Right onto Ames Road (careful ­ it comes up quick, and it’s a fairly sharp and steep drop-off turn to the right just after curves on 119, just past MRM Associates).

5A.  If you come to Johnson’s Drive-In on the left or a golf course on the right, turn around ­ you’ve gone too far.

6.  39 Ames Road (that¹s the place) is the first (and only) big yellow, white and cedar shake house on the left. Either pull in the driveway before you get to the house and walk into the garden via the covered verandah to the left of the garage, or else park in the parking area in front of the house and come up the steps through the garden gate.

If you get lost en route, call Dave at 978-448-6828.

For additional questions, please call Tony (617) 773-9480 or Jonah (508) 308-4994.


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Annual Boston AES Banquet featuring Narada Michael Walden

Monday June 17, 6pm

The Henderson House

99 Westcliff Rd., Weston, MA 02493

Admission – $50

Includes: Cocktail hour, h’orderves, buffet style dinner w/ dessert & coffee.

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NARADA MICHAEL WALDENAmong a handful of the most innovative, original and influential artists of our time, Narada Michael Walden’s stature as an authentic musical renaissance man is a matter of record.Producing Hits for Artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin (including the platinum “Freeway of Love.”), Steve Winwood, Ray Charles, Wynonna Judd, Whitney Houston, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand, Lionel Ritchie, Lisa Fischer, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, Jeff Beck and The Temptations, the EMMY and multi-GRAMMY winner (Producer, Album and Song of The Year) has been at the helm of hit music that spans decades. His music flows freely from pop, rock and soul, to the rarified realms of jazz, fusion and world music. With Jeff Beck, Narada wrote and played drums on the seminal album “Wired” that earned them both their first Gold Album. Walden was an integral part of introducing Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to millions of fans worldwide, producing and writing their breakthrough hits that first brought these divas to the spotlight. Billboard Magazine honored him as one of the Top Ten Producers of all time.As impressive a production and songwriting resume as Narada Michael Walden has assembled over the past thirty years and counting, he has earned equal acclaim as a recording and performing artist in his own right. Beginning as a drummer first with the pioneering Mahavishnu Orchestra following Bill Cobham (at 21 years old), Narada also toured with Jeff Beck, Tommy Bolin, and Weather Report. Through eleven acclaimed solo recordings, along the way he has branched into a wide range of sonic arenas. Walden’s music includes groundbreaking soundtrack work on such blockbuster films as The Bodyguard, Free Willy, Beverly Hills Cops II, 9 ½ Weeks and Stuart Little to the EMMY-winning “One Moment In Time,” the theme to the 1988 Olympic Games.The list goes on, but the artistry of Narada Michael Walden is about more than charts positions and record sales. There is a powerful spiritual component at the heart of everything this richly gifted artist undertakes, an attuned and intuitive approach with a deep appreciation for music’s transforming power. Simply put, the artistry of Narada Michael Walden gets to the heart of matter, about matters of the heart.It’s a commitment that reaches into the philanthropic arena as well, where Walden consistently lends his time and talent to causes ranging from the Cancer Society to funding music programs in the nation’s schools through his own foundation. For seven years running he has served as Music Director for the Rainforest Foundation Concert at Carnegie Hall, the high profile conversancy benefit spearheaded by Sting and Trudie Styler that has featured the likes of Elton John, Billy Joel, Ravi Shankar, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Bruce Springsteen, Lada Gaga, Bruno Mars and, of course, Sting himself.His “Narada Michael Walden Foundation” delivers its services through a network of non-profit organizations with proven records of success in youth education and community empowerment. The Foundation also endows scholarships for aspiring musicians and enables the stars of tomorrow by offering emerging young artists from around the world access to recording facilities, coaching and production support.

In 2010 Narada did a very successful two year world tour as Drummer with the Jeff Beck Band.In early February, of 2012 Narada Michael Walden returned from a well received 10 day stint of shows with his own band at the Blue Note in Tokyo and Nagoya to perform at the White House in an all star band for President Obama’s “Red, White and Blues” Concert with legends B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Mick Jagger, Trombone Shorty, Booker T Jones and more.

Walden’s prodigious energies have consistently driven him to keep on the cutting edge of the music industry. Narada continues to perform, write & record new music. He is tireless in his work to develop and mentor young musicians. For over 25 years he has been independently busy producing and recording new Artists as well as working on his own solo projects at his Marin County-based Tarpan Studios recording studio..

With awesome abilities matched by a truly humble spirit, Narada Michael Walden is not only one of the legendary talents of our era: he is also one of the most admired, emulated and authentic. You can hear it in his music.


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Dereverberation and Other Audio Trickery by Dr Gilbert Soulodre, FAES

Tues. May 14, 7pm, Devlin Hall – Room 026 Boston College

There are many difficult audio signal processing problems that remain unresolved to a satisfactory and practical level. Examples of this include, dereverberation, sound source separation, and signal reconstruction. By using a perceptually-motivated approach to audio signal processing, many of these difficulties can be largely overcome, enabling new algorithms to be derived. This processing approach has been used by the author to create a wide variety of audio products. The talk will outline the general processing approach and will then use the dereverberation problem as a detailed example. Numerous other audio processing examples based on decomposing audio signals into perceptual “streams” will be provided. The examples have practical applications in music recording and mastering, surround processing, microphone arrays, noise reduction, speech processing, hearing aids, and forensics.

Dr. Gil Soulodre has over 30 years experience in the audio field, both as a mixing engineer and a researcher. He is a prolific writer of scientific papers in the areas of concert hall acoustics, auditory perception, subjective testing, DSP processing, and multi-channel audio. He has invented a wide variety of audio processing algorithms and authored more than 30 patents. Through his company Camden Labs, his development efforts include products in the areas of telecom, military communications, the music recording industry, microphone processing, hearing aids, music compression, and automotive audio. Dr. Soulodre is a Fellow of the AES and has received recognition and awards from the Acoustical Society of America, the American Institute of Physics, the IEEE, and the Canadian Government. In 2006 he received the AES Publications Award. Most recently the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Dr. Soulodre with a 2011 Emmy Award for Technical and Engineering Achievement.


FROM POINTS NORTH AND SOUTH: Take Interstate 95 (Route 128) to Exit 24 (Route 30). Proceed east on Route 30, also known as Commonwealth Avenue, and follow for about five miles to Boston College.

FROM POINTS WEST: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. At the first set of lights after the exit ramp, take a right onto Centre Street. Follow Centre Street to the fourth set of lights, and turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow Commonwealth Avenue 1-1/2 miles to Boston College.

Devlin Hall is located in the center of the Chestnut Hill Campus. Parking is available in the Commonwealth Ave Garage for a minimal price. The entrance for Room 026 is in the rear of Devlin hall.

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