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).

 

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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.

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