Sonic Circus Projects: Rumble, Radio Bushwick, & The Kills

Sonic Circus News
Lots of activity here at Sonic Circus. Here are some highlights:
In Brooklyn NY, Ryan Billia’s audio post studio, Rumble recently opened for business. Outfitted rumblewebwith a Digidesign Icon D-Control ES 32 Recording Console and a custom tuned Meyer Acheron surround system, Rumble looks forward to bringing mixing, recording, and sound design to Williamsburg Brooklyn’s audio landscape.

Not far away, Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood is anticipating the upcoming opening of Radio Bushwick, a venture that combines a 2500 square-foot concert hall, an internet radio station radiobushwickand a bar in one unique venue. It takes a lot of gear to do all of that in one place so we supplied them with stage and radio microphones, a Midas/QSC concert audio system, DJ equipment, and audio snakes and cables to tie it all together. Radio Bushwick will be open before the end of the year.

Indie band The Kills features American singer Alison Mosshart and British guitarist Jamie Hince. Well known as fans of vintage gear and recording techniques, they have recorded on the kills_bloodpressuresvintage Sly Stone Flickinger desk with producer Bill Skibbe at Keyclub Recording Studio, and released a live, direct-to-acetate album recorded for Jack White’s Third Man Records – live mixed by Vance Powell and cut simultaneously by master cutter George Ingram using a 1953 Scully Lathe. The Kills now have vintage console of their own, a 1968 Neve console, fitted with1058 modules which have a reputation for a serious ‘rock and roll’ sound. Reportedly, The Who’s Quadrophenia was recorded on a console loaded with 1058s.

Boogie Tracks Studio, the Panama City, Florida studio owned by recording engineer JJ Crews is now the home of an SSL 4064E/G+ with Total Recall. Crews splits his time between Florida and Nashville, but engineer and session musician Chaz Butler keeps Boogie Tracks busy with sessions with local and national musicians, making music from gospel to metal.

Sonic Circus co-founder Brian Charles, producer and owner of Boston recording studio Zippah, has created The Tuesday Night Recording Club. Charles and songwriter Aaron Perrino of The Sheila Divine, assemble local musicians to create a new song based on recording techniques of a seminal moment in music history. It’s an ongoing project that has covered The Memphis Soul sound, Elvis Presley circa 1965, Neil Young’s Harvest, Nirvana’s In Utero and many more. Charles posts the results which include audio, video, and an in-depth article to the Zippah website at They’ve been written up in the Boston Globe, and have just been nominated for best blog in the Boston Music Awards 2013.