The future of a world-class recording studio that has hosted recording sessions by David Gray, Anthrax, Ginuwine, Aaliyah, Bad Religion, Missy Elliott, Joe Bonnamassa, producers including Timbaland and Tom Dowd, Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steven Stucky, classical pianist Malcolm Bilson, and many others is under threat due to the City of Ithaca's poor planning of a bridge rebuilding project directly outside the studio walls.

Pyramid Sound, the studio operated for nearly four decades by producer/engineer Alex Perialas in downtown Ithaca, New York, has been unjustly condemned as of Tuesday, June 19, resulting in the devastating loss of a very successful business, and the potential destruction of its facility as the bridge construction gets underway. After two years of asking for details of the construction plans and how they would affect his property, and being put off by then-mayor Carolyn Peterson and superintendent of public works Bill Gray, Perialas finally got an answer about when the project would commence when workers posted signs outside his studio warning the public that the street would close in two weeks. And as of yesterday, both the studio the separate storage garage next door, which Perialas also owns, have been posted by the city, after repeated promises from the building department commissioner that they would not be; and no one, including Perialas, is allowed in.

You can view the full press release here.

There's some great online support for this right now. The Save Pyramid Studios facebook page already has close to 1,000 members, and a bunch of useful information on how to make an impact with this issue. Also, it certainly can't hurt to sign this online petition (it's quick and painless).

 

Tape Op is a free magazine exclusively devoted to
the art of record making.

 
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 - 3:07AM
Add your two cents to the discussion below:
:
:
:
:
:
 
Tue, Jun 26, 2012 - 5:44PM
Lolo Bluemler said about this:

don´t take pyramid sound studios away!

bitte die studios NICHT schließen!

 
Wed, Jun 27, 2012 - 1:51AM
Jeffrey Olson said about this:

SAVE THE STUDIO!!
KEEP PYRAMID ALIVE!!
PLEASE!

 
Wed, Jun 27, 2012 - 6:37PM
Jeannine Rhodes said about this:

If anyone has a love or knows someone with the love and passion for music, and independent please please help out Pyramid Studio!

 
Fri, Jul 6, 2012 - 2:41PM
Peter Carli said about this:

Incompetent and possibly corrupt local government officials at work. Unfortunately, what Pyramid Studios is experiencing is not rare and not unique. The only way to really change this is at the ballot box but with voter apathy being at epidemic proportions across the United States I'm not going to hold my breath that the status quo will happen anytime soon.

 More Entries 
Larry Crane · April 11, 2009
Okay, so that's not the most original headline ever. I check the MySpace site once every 6 months and see old notes from friends about things that happened ages ago. Sorry. Oops. But what really drives me bat-shit is seeing ads like "Learn Audio...
Larry Crane · Sept. 27, 2009
Link here for a free pass to the 127th AES Convention in New York City, Oct. 9-12, for “Exhibits Only” registration. Come on down and visit the Tape Op booth and harass us about missing issues or why we don't review your CDs or write...
Allen Farmelo · March 22, 2015
We are witnessing the dawn of dramatic format changes for audio delivery. On the one hand, we now have streaming audio and, on the other hand, we have the movement away from compressed digital formats toward higher-resolution digital files. The CD...
Andy Hong · Nov. 24, 2014
This past September, I attended the inaugural A3Exchange in Boston and had one of the most enjoyable conference experiences in years. A small team of forward thinkers, under the leadership of Paul Sitar, is putting together an "exchange" for...
Larry Crane · Oct. 24, 2011
Submissions are now being accepted for Silver Sound's 3rd Annual Music Video Film Festival + Band Battle, taking place on January 10th, 2012 at Brooklyn Bowl. Silver Sound is a studio in NY that provides production, post-production, and live sound...
Vijith Assar · Nov. 4, 2011
Last week Cycling 74 released the tremendous version 6 update to Max/MSP, their flagship multimedia programming platform, which provides an appealingly artistic interface into audio, MIDI, and video focused logic at a nonetheless ...
Larry Crane · Nov. 18, 2008
Remember Henry Hirsch from issue ? He's moved locations yet again, and his new studio (in Hudson, NY) looks fabulous. Check it out here. An unreal space and an amazing engineer/producer.
Larry Crane · April 12, 2009
I just stumbled across an interview I forgot I did. Snarky answers and all. Man, I'm a jerk sometimes. All the time?
Larry Crane · May 31, 2010
Yup, I sit at my computer all day editing articles, writing stuff for the mag and answering the ridiculous amount of emails that always seep in over the course of a day. illus by Eva Kihl