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The Road to Record is a documentary film and book that digs into the world of recording studios, and the people who own and run them. It’s a story that dives into the past, present and looks to the future as the industry has seen so many changes, turmoil and upheaval in the last 20 to 40 years. 

Recording studios have long been the life of the music business since the 1950s. In this film and book you’ll see the lifeblood and backbone of the these facilities, large and small. You’ll experience the stories of the engineers, producers, owners, musicians and industry experts; as these people share their hearts and minds about life in the studio and what it’s like in the ever changing world of recording music.

Covering the time period of the early 1980s to present, this 40 year journey shows the shift from analog to digital and back to analog during some of the greatest periods of music creation. Plus it views the transition from big commercial studios to the home basement revolution and the effects it has had on commercial facilities and the people who support them.

Many of these commercial facilities have gone out of business, never to open their doors again. Some have simply changed hands, while others are still holding on, surviving, and rolling with the changes.

These stories have to be told as many of the veteran engineers and producers who started out in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s are getting up there in years and will some day no longer be with us. Add to this the fact that some of the facilities could be in the future considered on the endangered list, as economic uncertainty and home recording continue to spread across the world.

Some of the studios and people to be featured in the documentary film include Electrokitty Recording Studio (Seattle WA), John Van Houdt – Sound Logic Audio(Colbert, WA), Robert Lang Studios (Seattle, WA), Paradise Sound (Index, WA ), Larry Anschell – Turtle Recording (Vancouver BC),  Tom Hall – veteran producer/engineer (Kirkland, WA), Michael Lewis (Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), Larry Crane (Portland, Oregon), and Jared Crab at Crabwalk Studios (SpokaneValley, WA).  In addition to these studios and people, the producer has filmed at one college level recording program with instructors, and hopefully one console manufacturer.

The music industry needs these people and the professional recording facilities that they have dedicated their lives too. We hope you’ll help us preserve these stories. Help us to open the eyes and ears of so many musicians who could be taking their music to the next level, recording and mixing their songs on world class equipment with great engineers and producers. Donate to the Road to Record film and book here on Go Fund Me.

 

Behind the Scenes Filming The Road to Record

Behind the Scenes Filming The Road to Record

This is our latest behind the scenes filming update for the Road to Record documentary and book project. There's so much going here that we'll need to do several posts to keep everyone up to speed. It's kind of amazing that time is flying by so fast and we are already in the spring! Late March had us revisiting people and studios over in the Puget Sound area - Pat and Karen Sample at Paradise Sound in Index, Kevin  Boyd (ex-Klub Kev’s Studio owner) and Tom Hall at Earworks Audio. We then took...

Filming at Electrokitty Recording

Filming at Electrokitty Recording

As the home recording revolution continues to pickup speed, the need arises for musicians and composers to have access to quality multi-purpose professional studios. Thus we connected and visited Electrokitty Recording to capture a segment for the Road to Record documentary film. This really hip commercial facility is located just north of downtown Seattle west of the U of W in the Wallingford area. Studio manager Garrett Reynolds and owner Gary Reynolds were great hosts and had lots of...

Road to Record Crowdfund is Live

Road to Record Crowdfund is Live

We launched the GoFundMe crowdfund in March to be able to finish the Road to Record film and book. The bottom line is that we need help financially in order to do this, otherwise neither may never be completed or could be at least a year or two to publish. These stories have to be told and shared. Time is of the essence and so we have been diligently working on and staying focused to gather all the content needed to complete the project. Production and writing are currently under way and we've...

Production & Filming Update

Production & Filming Update

Production for The Road to Record documentary film is moving along as we just wrapped up filming with quite a few people. The list includes veteran audio engineer Tom Hall, Paradise Sound in Index, Jesse Field at Robert Lang Studios, former studio owner Kevin Boyd, and the gang at Electrokitty Recording. Audio interviews have been recorded with Larry Anschell (Turtle Recording Studio) and Phil Wagner (Solid State Logic). Next month we are scheduled to film at Crabwalk Studios, Michael Lewis...

Home Recording Studios – Part 1

Home Recording Studios – Part 1

Every once in a while you meet someone out of the blue. This was certainly the case on February 3rd as I was working on writing in the early am for my third book project. I decided to take a break and check Linked In which had recommendations popping up. So I starting scanning and occasionally clicking. Then I came across a picture of a guy playing guitar and figured hmmm, this could be an interesting connection considering were are working on the Road to Record documentary. So I clicked the...

Filming at Sound Logic Audio

Filming at Sound Logic Audio

We started filming for The Road to Record documentary film at Sound Logic Audio (soundlogicaudio.com) in early January with audio veteran John Van Houdt. John’s 30 plus years as an engineer, musician and producer have culminated in a long list of clients and projects. He’s worked with a variety of talent and companies over the years and his stories are really great. I look forward to bringing these to life in both the film and book. John is a gentle soul and true professional who I have known...


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