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19th ANNUAL GRAMMY® SOUNDTABLE AT AES CONVENTION
HONORS A NEW YORK STUDIO INSTITUTION
AND THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT GREAT
"Good Times: The Enduring Legacy of NY's Power Station Studios"
Industry Veterans for a Panel Discussion Illuminating the Creation of
Classic Recordings by Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, and More
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2007) — On Saturday,
October 6, as part of the 123rd AES Convention at New York’s Javits
Center, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing presented
the 19th Annual GRAMMY® SoundTable. Coinciding with the 30th anniversary
of the facility now known as Avatar Studios, the two-hour event, titled
"Good Times: The Enduring Legacy of NY's Power Station Studios,"
commemorated the studio’s formative years and the collection of
voluminous talent that made history there.
The panel, moderated by Zoe Thrall, former vice president
of studio operations at Power Station and current studio director at
the Palms Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, was truly an all-star lineup.
It was comprised of Power Station designer and producer Tony Bongiovi
(The Ramones, Talking Heads), Bob Clearmountain (Bryan Adams, Roxy Music),
Jason Corsaro (Power Station, Madonna), Neil Dorfsman (Bruce Springsteen,
Bob Dylan), James Farber (Mick Jagger, Michael Brecker), and Nile Rodgers
(Chic, David Bowie).
"The wealth of talent — artists, engineers,
producers and industry legends — that passed through Power Station
over the course of two decades is nothing short of amazing," said
Maureen Droney, Executive Director of the P&E Wing. “It was
without a doubt one of the highlights of the AES show this year to be
able to bring together so much of the talent that helped build the Power
Station legacy. The panel was not only inspiring, it was also a reminder
of how a certain scene and sound can positively affect the recording
The studio's luminous history — it won five TEC
Awards from 1985 – 1990 in the Best Recording Studio category
and a Les Paul Award for Special Lifetime Achievement in 1991 —
was recalled. Conceived by Bongiovi as a production facility in the
tradition of the Motown Sound of the '60s, Power Station studios were
carved out of an abandoned Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) power station.
A creative magnet, the mercurial and brilliant Bongiovi drew a core
of talent to the facility that would produce some of the most amazing
recordings ever made. When Thrall asked why Power Station had the impact
it did for nearly two decades, the panel recounted technical details
and session stories, and played choice tracks to help define this phenomenon
for the audience. Neil Dorfsman described how the studio's distinctive
reverberation was fundamental to Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart,"
which he mixed with Bob Clearmountain at Power Station.
"The hallmark sound of Studio A was that real big
drum sound," said Neil Dorfsman. "I remember everyone saying
during playback in the control room, 'Turn up the room, turn up the
room,' — sometimes to ridiculous proportions!" The panel
also played Roxy Music's "Avalon" and The Blessing’s
"Prince of the Deep Water" as examples of how they used the
stairwell and basement bathroom as echo chambers.
Jason Corsaro, who started at Power Station as an assistant
engineer, remembered, "There was nothing like being able to mingle
with the musicianship and engineering talent that came through there
— it was incredible, it was inspiring." Nile Rodgers added,
"We all felt like we were part of something big. We all felt like
if we were all making records, and had success, then the whole place
would be successful."
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Photo Caption: The Producer & Engineer's Wing of The Recording Academy®
presented the 19th Annual GRAMMY® SoundTable at AES entitled "Good
Times: The Enduring Legacy of Power Station Studios," a gathering
of influential players from the studio's past. Shown from L–R
seated: Neil Dorfsman, Bob Clearmountain and Tony Bongiovi. Standing
L-R: Jason Corsaro, Nile Rodgers, educator/AES Chairman Jim Anderson,
P&E Wing Executive Director Maureen Droney, James Farber and Zoe
Courtesy of The Recording Academy®/Wireimage.com ©
Photographed by: Gary Gershoff
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