A YEAR AFTER SANDY: TRANSLATOR AUDIO AND THE CIVIL DEFENSE RECORDING STUDIO OWNERS RESPOND


AFTER SUFFERING A $500,000 LOSS IN HURRICANE SANDY, THEY CONTINUE TO SEARCH FOR THE SPACE TO RE-BUILD THEIR RECORDING STUDIO BUSINESSES


Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY- October 30, 2013- One year ago today, the owners of Translator Audio and The Civil Defense, walked into their recording facilities, newly re-opened after a move, to see that Hurricane Sandy and the accompanying storm surge from the Gowanus Canal had flooded the entire building causing $500,000 in damages and losses. All of the studio’s recording equipment and musical gear was submerged under more than six feet of canal water. Irreplaceable vintage gear that was lost included two classic consoles (Harrison and MCI), antique microphones (Neumann, Calrec), outboard gear (Neve, API), and amplifiers (Orange, Marshall, Fender, Ampeg) collected by the owners over four lifetimes of music making. The flooding destroyed the newly-completed construction which they had just built with their own hands, throwing a piano through the live room door and knocking down steel-framed walls. The owners had finished construction on the Gowanus building (which had no previous history of flooding on record) to their exact custom design of two production rooms and one, shared live room, just 5 months prior to the super-storm. Says Andrew Schneider of Translator Audio,"The effects of that one unlucky high tide last year during Hurricane Sandy are still felt by all of us every day. The past year has been filled with fixing, cleaning, re-planning and a whole lot of frustration.”


There is no question that they plan to rebuild and continue producing music under the umbrellas of Translator Audio and The Civil Defense. Said Jeremy Scott of The Civil Defense, “shortly after the hurricane I think we all were pretty sure we'd be back up and running by a year afterwards.” However there is a question as to where that re-build will be possible. Said Mike Law of Translator Audio:


“The hurricane wasn't powerful enough to completely defeat us, even though it temporarily destroyed all our things, savings and livelihoods. What we are up against now is post-Sandy real estate prices and that is a bigger obstacle.  Prices seem to be up about 115% as businesses have scrambled to relocate.  I didn't feel daunted walking in to the destroyed building the morning after the hurricane having lost every since bit of my money and a year of time, but I do feel frustrated after a year of not being able to find a rentable building in NYC for affordable prices.”


The group of owner/producers is putting out the call for any help you might lend with finding a space to re-build, and as Schneider says, “We still know we can rebuild an art-based business in New York City.  We have no choice; we have to. This is what we do and we have too many records to make."


The gear lost to the flood was partially covered by insurance and the individuals plan to replace those items on their own, but they will need to rely on crowd-sourced funds to rebuild the studio facility itself which, as was the case for many along the eastern seaboard, was not covered by flood insurance. They are planning a Kickstarter campaign which will launch after they have found a space and can properly assess the costs of the build-out against any insurance or assistance already provided from the storm.


Note: The South Sound is a company that housed practice spaces for bands and musicians under the same roof as Translator Audio and The Civil Defense


HOW CAN YOU HELP:

Spread the word, re-post about this group of Brooklyn artists that are looking for a space to build, and stay tuned as they gear up to launch the Kickstarter campaign.


Read More:


ABOUT THE STUDIOS BEFORE SANDY:


Sonic Scoop: “Two Studios for The Price of One: Translator Audio & Civil Defense Join Forces at South Sound” –

http://www.sonicscoop.com/2012/10/18/two-studios-for-the-price-of-one-translator-audio-the-civil-defense-join-forces-at-south-sound/


AFTER SANDY:


Brooklyn Vegan: “Translator Audio in Brooklyn 100% Destroyed by Sandy” -

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2012/11/translator_audi.html


Village Voice: “Brooklyn’s South Sound Studio Completely Destroyed by Sandy” –

http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2012/11/south-sound-studio-sandy-damage.php


Sonic Scoop: “Music Space Hit Hard By Sandy”-

http://www.sonicscoop.com/2012/11/08/music-spaces-hit-hard-by-sandy-heres-how-you-can-help/


Gowanus Your Face Off-

http://www.gowanusyourfaceoff.com/2012/11/16/translator-audio-the-south-sound-studios-now-accepting-donations-for-sandy-relief/


Metal Sucks: “Translator Audio and The South Sound Studios in Brooklyn Destroyed by Hurricane Sandy”

http://www.metalsucks.net/2012/11/02/translator-audio-and-the-south-sound-studios-in-brooklyn-destroyed-by-hurricane-sandy/


Brooklyn Vegan: “Cave In Contributes Digital EP in Aid of Hurricane Sandy-destroyed Translator Audio”-

http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2013/01/cave_in_contrib.html