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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