Building Sound documents upstart Toronto studio

Parkdale's Coach House Sound comes from humble beginnings to bring you the hits.

May 6, 2015

Building Sound is a new web series documenting the ongoing development of Coach House Sound, an upstart recording studio and rehearsal space in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood.

The space’s name is no misnomer, as its back alley location began in the early 1900s as the coach house for a Parkdale creamery where animals were stabled. Early in the construction process, its new owners discovered that the spaces’s floor was angled so smelly excrement would flow out the front door. In the late 1980s, the space played host to another gang of animals when it was used by the infamous bicycle thief Igor Kenk for the storage of stolen parts. From these humble origins, four young audio engineers (Max Cotter, Aleda DeRoche, Sebastian Palfery, and Lucas Prokaziuk) aim to transform the dilapidated dwelling into a fully functioning mid-range studio. AUX contributor Colin Medley captures the action through the lens of his camera along with fellow filmer Margarita Brighton.

Each episode of the multi-part series (ranging in length from 6-10 minutes) features insider info on topics such as the resilient channel, acoustical sealant, baffles, patch bays, and soldering. Don’t worry if it flies slightly over your head. Marvelous Mark provides the theme song, while the rest of the stacked soundtrack features tunes from Slim Twig, Cousins, Nap Eyes, Jennifer Castle, Gay, Actual Water, and more. After the electrical wiring is completed, glam-pop romantics Blonde Elvis are the first band to move in and begin rehearsing, showcasing the studio’s relatively smooth march of progress.

Five episodes have been posted so far, and they continue to roll out each week. Watch the first three below and subscribe to the series’ YouTube channel to keep up to date.


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