Vatican City Sound

Vatican City Sound This is a page to update the public on the happenings and recordings at Vatican City Sound, a recording studio by Mike Pope and Lydia Courtney
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Hi! Welcome to Vatican City Sound's website! I built VCS to be a comfortable, intimate and effective place for recording lots of different kinds of music. I've paid a lot of attention to the acoustical treatments in the main room to maintain a controlled sound without being dead. I've put many hours into the design and manufacture of several custom diffuser panels and mixed them with absorption in

Hi! Welcome to Vatican City Sound's website! I built VCS to be a comfortable, intimate and effective place for recording lots of different kinds of music. I've paid a lot of attention to the acoustical treatments in the main room to maintain a controlled sound without being dead. I've put many hours into the design and manufacture of several custom diffuser panels and mixed them with absorption in

Operating as usual

yea!
12/13/2019

yea!

Finished new album! Back on the road this Thursday to #AnnArborMI, Blue LLama Jazz Club w/ Geoffrey Keezer #jazzmusic #holidays #concertsinannarbor #vocaljazz #jazzpiano #jazzvocals #jazzsinger #pianojazz #jazzquartet #jazztrio #christmasconcert #livemusic #dec12 #christmas2019

Taught some workshops at AUCA in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan this week and on the last day spent time just talking basic sound p...
06/15/2019

Taught some workshops at AUCA in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan this week and on the last day spent time just talking basic sound principles of recording. I felt really good about that.. giving young international musicians information about good recordings to get their music heard!

Lol
12/22/2018

Lol

Funny

11/03/2018

Recorded some Fred Moss Vocals this week and made an excellent student college prescreen for Jack Merson. Finished up the week with a great session with Michel Nirenberg and a bit of mixing for the Simone Baron recording. This is a busy little studio, folks! Please check out the prescreen videos of Ellie Pope and Jack Merson which follow. These two are now applying for music scholarships if anyone wants to sponsor their continued musical development! 😇

11/03/2018

Sunday Nov. 4 An Die Musik, Baltimore

11/03/2018

What it’s like to go to my basement.. -Lydia

Trickfish Amplification
10/01/2017

Trickfish Amplification

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Finally spent some time straightening the control room.
07/31/2017

Finally spent some time straightening the control room.

07/16/2017
Vatican City Sound's cover photo
07/16/2017

Vatican City Sound's cover photo

07/16/2017

laid back Sunday recording.

07/16/2017
fun in the studio!

a brief break for musicians... Kale and Steak soft tacos and figuring out the very best medium for Patrick Graney's brushes. #SimoneBarron #VaticanCitySound #MikePope

House Concert!  LCVS and Vatican City Sound!
07/02/2017

House Concert! LCVS and Vatican City Sound!

House Concert! LCVS and Vatican City Sound

It was such a fun day recording Simone Baron and Arco Belo!  This is creative and exceptional chamber jazz!
06/16/2017

It was such a fun day recording Simone Baron and Arco Belo! This is creative and exceptional chamber jazz!

July 1.  House concert!  Also, Rhythm and jazz workshop at noon with Christos Rafalides and Mauricio Zottarelli  Concert...
06/08/2017
Christos Rafalides Trio | Christos Rafalides

July 1. House concert! Also, Rhythm and jazz workshop at noon with Christos Rafalides and Mauricio Zottarelli Concert at 7PM. PM me for details. $30 for workshop $30 for concert.

featuring Mike Pope on bass and Mauricio Zotarrelli on drums Christos Rafalides

What an unbelievably positive month! First, Mike Pope was given the honor of performing the songs recorded here by the G...
05/02/2017

What an unbelievably positive month!

First, Mike Pope was given the honor of performing the songs recorded here by the Geoffrey Keezer Trio featuring Gillian Margot at the Kennedy Center jazz venue. Mike especially enjoys the magic that happens between Geoffrey and Gillian, and adding Billy Kilson to the mix was a real joy. We even got to stay at the Watergate hotel (where Lydia stole a pen...just for good measure)

Second, our new project with Simon Barron is firming up, and our first performances of the music to be recorded will be Tomorrow (closed performance) and Thursday (open performance) at the Strathmore in Baltimore. This project is an eclectic mix of jazz and classical and Simone's beautiful accordion creates a mood which is unlike any other music we have ever recorded. The musicians are top notch.

Third, we were featured as a new and growing business in the Carroll County Times!

Fourth, Mike Pope, owner and operator of Vatican City Sound, has been offered and accepted the position of associate professor at Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. where he can continue to help young musicians grow, foster a love of jazz, and teach people about the technical aspects of their instruments and equipment.


The blessings are raining down on Vatican City Sound!

03/14/2017

Today I am listening to and touching up the recording with Mauricio Zottarelli. Look out, world. This is going to be an impressive and uplifting album. Now I remember that music can elevate me...

11/14/2016

We have an opening for any local musicians on this coming Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM... anyone want to record this week?

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Friday 09:00 - 22:00

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(917) 691-2434

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