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Old 22nd February 2007
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Talking NASA Grain Silo Recording Studio

Here is a studio we built last summer, anyone else have images of unique recording environments?
Here's a link with many pics and audio samples:
http://teamrecords.org/mike.htm

M.I.K.E. is an interactive public art project created in collaboration with the municipalWORKSHOP. As an architectural sculpture, a public performance space, and a community-based music program, MIKE engages people through visual and sonic creativity.

M.I.K.E. is a functional sculpture, assembled using the parts of a typical Wisconsin farm storage bin, found architectural components, and integrated electronic technologies. Embracing the tradition of regionalism in the Midwest, this altered vernacular form celebrates the unique landscape of Sheboygan while simultaneously pushing the creative boundaries of structure, function, interactivity and place.

The first CD recorded in the structure, M.I.K.E. Volume I, was written and produced by Stuart Hyatt and was performed by the community members of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
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Old 22nd February 2007
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get out while you can!!!!!

M.I.K.E. is not a grain silo its a spaceship dammit and it may return home at any time!


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Old 22nd February 2007
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Very cool! This would be amazing to build in a garden if you have a small house. However if I'm right, those are very difficult acoustics. How does that turn out? Got much problems with it?
Please tell how it is to record in such a thing!
Old 22nd February 2007
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M.I.K.E. acoustics

The acoustics are interesting - a sweet vocal spot in the middle - cylinder with air pocket / 2 layers bendable birch plywood and lined w/ FLOR carpet squares - pretty dead - used omni w/ one mic alot. Obviously no space for control room - very flexible space that when opened doubles as a bandstand.
Aesthetics battle acoustics - lots of recycled / salvaged materials used.
Here is an interior shot:
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Old 22nd February 2007
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Is that a solar power panel?
Old 22nd February 2007
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Solar Power

Yes, it is a large solar panel.
Obviously not enough for all of the equipment - it simply powers the exterior and nighttime security lights. The rest of the studio has to"liberate" power from a nearby building.
The wiring you see on the outside is a combination AC and DC systems. There is a bank of batteries inside the bench on the interior.
During off-hours and through the coldest months of the year, the structure goes into "passive" public sculpture mode and relies exclusively on stored solar power.
Old 22nd February 2007
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BRILLIANT!
Old 22nd February 2007
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Good concept! But wouldnt the accoustics be all screwed up due to the circular shape irrespective of the amount of absorption? just wondering
Old 22nd February 2007
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Good concept! But wouldnt the accoustics be all screwed up due to the circular shape irrespective of the amount of absorption? just wondering
it's still probably MUCH better than many project studios
Old 22nd February 2007
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Love it..
Old 22nd February 2007
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I, too, am curious about the acoustics... but damn that's pretty!

That must've been a fun and fulfilling project.
Old 23rd February 2007
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Yeah, but what about Mic Night?


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Old 23rd February 2007
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Old 23rd February 2007
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Here is a studio we built last summer, anyone else have images of unique recording environments?
Here's a link with many pics and audio samples:
http://teamrecords.org/mike.htm
How does it 'sound' when it's raining?! heh
Old 23rd February 2007
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Raining

Good question - When it rains hard it sounds horrible. Definitely time to work on electronic instruments, do some rough mixes, and go get some coffee.
Old 23rd February 2007
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Yeah, but what about Mic Night?


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That is absolutely friggin' ridiculous.

The eagle has landed! Repeat: The eagle has landed!

thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
Old 23rd February 2007
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Man ,

Hate to sound mean spirited but in a world full of dull hardware and repetitive plugins ,
Bedroom producers and bedroom studios I congratulate you on your vision.

different , interesting and most importantly FUN!

Who cares what happens when it rains or what it sounds like when its a much fun as this is.

I love the doors open idea into an instant stage.

The music world needs more lunacy like this its gotten FAR to tedious.

</rant>

Congrats

gfx
Old 23rd February 2007
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I'm with you gfx!
Old 23rd February 2007
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That's flippin' mad!

When can I book a session?
Old 23rd February 2007
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Lunacy

gfx:
You summed up my thoughts perfectly.
One of the driving forces in the project was to establish a creative neighborhood resource that slowly becomes an accepted and ultimately valued part of the landscape.
We tried to balance the head-turning wackiness of the structure with a warm, inviting interior that made people feel comfortable.
Because we were aiming to work with users from varying musical backgrounds - it had to inspire the amateurs - really become a space charged with something - and it had to give the pros a reason to participate. We didn't have high-end gear, but we tried for high-end concept. We also like the idea of public sculpture having some sort of social utility, an inherent function that is inextricably tied to the structure, rather than "tagged on" like much of "interactive art" ends up doing.
Also - using a 100' boom crane was major fun:
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Old 23rd February 2007
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More of this: brilliant project.
Old 24th February 2007
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Thats awesome. School programs should issue these things to audio students to live in during their schooling.
Old 24th February 2007
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this is truly genius!


congratulations, well done!
Old 26th February 2007
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Yeah, but what about Mic Night?


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|: We all live in the silver space ship, silver space ship, silver space ship :| And our friends are all aboard / everyone of them lives next door...

That thing is just brilliant!!
Old 26th February 2007
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Man ,

Hate to sound mean spirited but in a world full of dull hardware and repetitive plugins ,
Bedroom producers and bedroom studios I congratulate you on your vision.

different , interesting and most importantly FUN!

Who cares what happens when it rains or what it sounds like when its a much fun as this is.

I love the doors open idea into an instant stage.

The music world needs more lunacy like this its gotten FAR to tedious.



Congrats

gfx
+1 it is a source of inspiration if you look at it this way.
Old 26th February 2007
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Very very nice !
Good idea.
The music recorded there sounds cheerful.

I wish i'd have such a place (by the sea...... ).

Great.

Good Luck, Hans
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