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Joe Hadlock : Consultant for Recording Studio and Music Media Room design and construction

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Bear Creek Studio 1977
Alpha Cine Labs 1990
Bear Creek Studio 1993
Bear Creek Studio 1998
Transporterraum 1999
Foothill Digital 2000
Seareal Productions 2002
Old Firehouse Meda Lab 2003
Silver Transporterraum 2003
Liveroom.TV Studios 2004
The Vera Project 2007



Bearcreek Studio, 1977
We decided to convert a 1750 sq. ft. 1900 dairy barn into a state of the art recording studio while retaining the rural environment- on a limited budget in the least amount of time possible. With architect Doug Thompson, we created plans for a post and beam type structure on the footprint of the old barn. Bearcreek studio opened for business 6 months later.

 

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Alpha Cine Labs, Seattle, 1990
Alpha Cine Labs chose Bearcreek to consult on remodel the 3rd floor of their concrete building into a state of the art mixing room for film, video, and audio with a recording/ voice over room and lounge. Because Alpha Cine did a lot of film work, a very sophisticated synchronization system had to be installed which could lock sprocketed 35 and 16mm film to analog 24 track, video tape, and digital audio. Structurally the new construction had to be isolated from the building which was on a busy downtown street and has noisy equipment operating in the building. We interviewed many acoustical architects and chose to work with Vincent Van Haaf of Waterland design in LA, and chose a contractor and supervised the construction of the space. We poured a concrete floating floor and built a “room within a room”. We selected the interior treatments and purchased and installed the equipment.



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Bearcreek Studio, 1993
Larger projects required Bearcreek to expand. This time we doubled the size of the barn by designing, building and finishing a 2000sq ft addition. One big room with 30ft vaulted ceilings in the post and beam style able to handle a very loud rock band or a 40 piece orchestra.

 

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Bearcreek Studio, 1998
The control room was becoming too small for the equipment which was being added as the business grew. We called Vincent Van Haaf at Waterland Design in LA and asked him for a plan for a control room which would be competitive with the “A” rooms in LA or New York. He came up with a brilliant plan which we built as another addition to the barn. The construction didn’t interfere with operation of the business so we spent a year on the complicated plan and details for bass trapping, acoustics, and finish. All new audio wiring was installed so that we could move the equipment in with no down time for the business.

 

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Transporterraum, NYC, 1999
This project consisted of taking an empty concrete room in the basement of a bldg. with many artist spaces and designing and building a complete recording studio and control room. The space was adequate for a studio with 14’ ceilings and 2000 sq.’. We designed and built a 400 sq.’ control room and 1600 sq. ft studio and did the construction, studio wiring, acoustical design and installation of acoustical treatment and decor. The interior design and decor was directed by Ann Hadlock. The owners wanted a low overhead studio with lots of “vibe” in which they could develop unknown artists. A few months later, owner and producer Gordon Raphael produced a platinum album for The Strokes. Transporterraum played an important role introducing many important New York groups to the world.



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Foothill Digital, NYC, 2000
In the upper west side of NYC, Foothill Digital wanted a 5.1 mastering room built in an unused room in the basement of a 20 story apartment bldg. We made some geometry changes in the walls and ceiling and applied bass traps, diffusers, and final acoustical treatment to the room.



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Seareal Productions, Seattle, 2002
Bearcreek was hired as a consultant to work with the architect to convert the 2500 sq. ft empty space in Belltown into a recording studio with office and lounge. We designed the electrical system, hired a contractor who took the project through finish in the office and lounge and left the studio sheet rocked. We applied the acoustical treatment and finish in the technical spaces. Bearcreek also selected and installed the equipment and supplied training and technical support for the staff.





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Music Media Lab, City of Redmond, 2003
The Old Firehouse Teen Center in Redmond wanted, with grant money and donations, to create a recording studio and video production facility with related educational programs for teens. Bearcreek was asked to consult with the staff about feasibility of converting an old garage and shop used for fire trucks into the music media lab. We developed a plan for how to use the space which was given to the architects, devised an isolated ground electrical system with the electrical contractor, and provided guidelines for the mechanical and general contractor. We installed the acoustical treatment, purchased and installed the equipment and audio wiring, and trained the staff. We are still involved as tech support, developing educational programs, and helping with donations.



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Silver Transporteraum- London, 2003
Producer Gordon Raphael needed a London headquarters for his UK recording projects and part of his collection of vintage musical instruments and recording equipment. An empty concrete box was converted to a recording space and control room. Ann Hadlock was the project manager and responsible for interior design.



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Liveroom.tv Studios. London, 2004
Liveroom.tv studios was the dream of artist and filmmaker Ann Hadlock (Anna Mercedes) and producer Andy Chatterley. The building had been a large studio and 3 smaller production rooms but had fallen into disrepair. Bearcreek was hired to bring the space back to life. Significant acoustical changes were made to the live room making it suitable for live recordings. Acoustical modifications and a custom desk were installed in the control room. Ann Hadlock art directed the entire facility as well as designed the new kitchen, tile bath, and supervised the renovation of the 3 productions rooms. Check out www.liveroom.tv



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Recording Studio in Tropical, Mexico - 2012-2013



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DigiPen Institute of Technology, Redmond, WA. 2012-2013

Bearcreek has been hired by the world-renowned leader in education and research in computer interactive technologies to design a recording studio, control room, teaching rooms. practice rooms and live performance venue for their music and recording program. Construction is planned for 2013.


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The Vera Project- Seattle 2006-2007
The Vera Project is a non profit music and arts center for youth. Bearcreek was hired to be the technical advisors and interface between the architects, contractor, and volunteers. Our focus was on the 300 person live performance venue and the recording studio. The acoustical geometry and finish of the live room was cooridinated by Bearcreek with acoustician Ryan Schofield and volunteers. Bearcreek supervised the design and instalation of the electrical system, audio wiring, PA, stage design, stage lighting, rigging. and acoustical treatment. The building didn't have enough power available for a conventional stage lighting system so with volunteer Mark Phillips a state of the art LED lighting system was installed. Jeffrey Cox from EAW and John Boudreau from Mackie helped with the PA. The recording studio was designed and finished by Bearcreek and volunteers. Additional equipment donations came from Rane, Symetrix and Westlake Electronics. Thanks to all who donated to make this important project possible!



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