February 14, 2013

Northeast Musicians: Apply for a Recording Residency at Guilford Sound

Guilford Sound is an energy efficient recording destination located on over 300 acres of private woodlands in the foothills of the Green Mountains. Guilford Sound sports a spacious live room with a “live/dead” side approach, four isolation booths featuring spring floated concrete slabs for optimal isolation between rooms, a comfortable control room with a 64-input API Legacy console with Flying Faders and a 12 channel Neve Melbourne sidecar, as well as a long list of equipment including drawers full of vintage microphones. Housing is on-site in a recently restored three-season historic 1790’s farmhouse that comfortably sleeps 6. A modern, five-bedroom, passive solar housing facility is currently under construction and will be ready for occupancy in late 2013. Applications are now being accepted from northeast-based bands and solo artists for a two-week recording residency at Guilford Sound, a newly-constructed recording facility located in the foothills of southern Vermont.

From August 18- September 1, 2013, Guilford Sound will host an unsigned northeast band or solo artist for a two-week recording residency, providing 12 ten-hour days of studio time, housing, and a $1000 stipend.

About the studio:
At the helm of Guilford Sound’s 500 sq. foot control room is owner Dave Snyder. For nearly two decades Snyder has been working in a studio setting, originally as a drummer for bands in and around NYC and eventually moving behind the glass to run the board in his own recording facility, Jarvis Studios. His desire to one day build a high-quality destination studio brought him back to southern Vermont -- where he attended college and met his wife. After six years of planning and construction, his dream was realized with the help of the venerable team at Francis Manzella Design.

Today Guilford Sound offers a retreat-like setting on over 300 acres of private woodlands, where musicians can avoid distraction and focus on crafting their music. The facility’s roof-mounted solar array, ground-source heat pumps and high-performance windows highlight the energy efficient initiatives employed to lessen the studio’s footprint. The studio boasts four spring-floated isolation booths, an extensive gear list and a modern design that provides superior sound quality and control room accuracy.

 “As a former player in a number of unsigned projects, I know how valuable it would have been to spend two unencumbered weeks in a professional studio to really hone our songs and to develop our sound,” says Snyder.

The winning musician / band will receive:

  • Twelve days in the studio
  • A stipend of $1,000 
  • Accommodations on-site in a recently restored 1790’s five-bedroom farmhouse just down the hill from the studio. 
  • (A package valued at over $20,000)
Clients have included: 
  • Charlie Hunter
  • The Lilys
  • The Mavericks
  • Joey Ramone
  • Susan Tedeschi
  • U2
  • Jesse Malin
  • So Percussion

Guilford, VT

To apply:
Musicians from New England, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania may submit an application and music samples for consideration by March 29th, 2013. A winner will be chosen in-house and announced in late May. Complete the application here.
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