Mixing Music & Patterns In Vinegar Hill

Studio Tour

Name: Vinegar Hill Sound
Location: Brooklyn, New York

When musician/ photographer Justin King first came across the space that he would transform into Vinegar Hill Sound in the historic Vinegar Hill section of DUMBO in Brooklyn, it was, as he put it "just an empty, grungy warehouse with concrete floors and crumbling walls." Six months later, he had transformed it into a welcoming and inspiring place to practice and record.

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After a round of structural changes, including the addition of walls to divide the space and building in a staircase to the mic room, it was time to inject some warmth and personality. Fabrics in mixed prints and hues were selected for the walls and touches like the gold gilded frame looking into the control room were added. Form and function blend beautifully with the fabric doing as much for the aesthetics of the space as it does for the acoustics of the room.
I think recording studios need to be warm, inviting places to be creative and a lot of times studios look more like dentist offices. I really wanted to make sure my studio was not just about function but "vibe" as well. - Justin

In the control room, one wall in particular got a special treatment with hand posted vintage maps from floor to ceiling. As an artist who loves to travel and has had the opportunity to do so in his work as both musician and photographer, the wall gives adds personal and worldly feel.

I laid down a 1x4 wood plank floor over the concrete for sound purposes mainly but also to further distance the room from the warehouse vibe. I like how it's wearing - it has a barn look to it. I left the original brick walls as they were, I really like mix of rich textures and patterns against the the rough industrial aspects of the space. The sheet metal hanging diffusers on the ceiling break up the sound reflections in the room but also add to the visual mix of textures. - Justin

Though still a work in progress (as most personal interior design projects are), Justin has achieved a balance with Vinegar Hill Sound. The space evokes both a personal and creative feel without being overwhelming, leaving room for visiting artists to express their own point of view.

Thanks, Justin!

(Images: Liana Walker)

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