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Figure 8 Recording

Figure 8 Recording Figure 8 Recording is a recording studio in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Started by Shahzad Ismaily, Philip Weinrobe and Eli Crews, Figure 8 is a multi-room recording studio in the heart of Brooklyn.

The studio features rare vintage consoles, tape machines and rack gear including a 1979 Neve 5316 console and Studer A27 24-track 2-inch tape machine. Figure 8's mission is to be very band-friendly, part of which means remaining affordable while offering the highest possible fidelity.

Operating as usual

Thank you 🔮🤍
12/10/2020

Thank you 🔮🤍

We are ending the sale early but there is still time to purchase before it’s too late! Just make sure to email katie@fig...
12/04/2020

We are ending the sale early but there is still time to purchase before it’s too late!

Just make sure to email [email protected] before midnight on December 8th. We could never have anticipated this level of support and interest! Thank you all so much for everything!

LIMITED TIME OFFER! Record your music @ Figure 8 for half the price! 8 studio days for $2000!! Email katie@figure8record...
11/23/2020

LIMITED TIME OFFER! Record your music @ Figure 8 for half the price! 8 studio days for $2000!! Email [email protected] if you’re interested in learning more!

Happiness is adding leader tape to a brand new MRL. Analog tape fans, stay tuned...
05/07/2019

Happiness is adding leader tape to a brand new MRL. Analog tape fans, stay tuned...

Great session yesterday! Sexmob plus Jesse Quattro plus Trixie Whitley plus Malcolm Joseph. Protest songs written by Ada...
06/21/2018

Great session yesterday! Sexmob plus Jesse Quattro plus Trixie Whitley plus Malcolm Joseph. Protest songs written by Adam Walker. Kenny split before we took the picture, sadly.

Good day for a fader upgrade! #SSL #figure8downstairs
12/08/2017

Good day for a fader upgrade! #SSL #figure8downstairs

06/15/2017
The Wild Honey Pie

Figure 8 Head Engineer Eli Crews and WHY? go way back. Eli mixed two of their finest albums (Alopecia and Eskimo Snow), and recorded and mixed the 23-song Almost Live from Eli's Live Room in a couple of 18-hour days in 2008. They are still an amazing band, and Yoni's (Inoy Flow) songwriting really shines through in this stripped-down live-in-the-studio session, our first with The Wild Honey Pie.

We were blessed with the opportunity to collaborate with one of our favorite bands. WHY? is too good. Recorded at Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn.

Slurp! A holistic recording experience! Come early to a session at Figure 8 and you may find yourself in a morning worko...
05/25/2017

Slurp! A holistic recording experience! Come early to a session at Figure 8 and you may find yourself in a morning workout with @ithinkimphil, followed by homemade miso soup and a chess game. @benjaminlazardavis (of @cuddlemagic, here today to record with @okkervilriver) did it right this rainy morning.

Figure 8 fact #128: Eli is a  Russian vocoder and drum machine enthusiast 🗣🎹🎯
05/11/2017

Figure 8 fact #128: Eli is a Russian vocoder and drum machine enthusiast 🗣🎹🎯

Friendly reminder that we have the most beautiful backyard featuring a grill, a picnic table, a ping pong table, a batti...
05/09/2017

Friendly reminder that we have the most beautiful backyard featuring a grill, a picnic table, a ping pong table, a batting cage, and an ever-expanding garden. Come for the music recording, stay for the sunshine and grilled meats.

05/08/2017

keeping the blood flowing in between sessions. michael is the best studio manager and has the strongest mind/body connection.

05/01/2017

Michael posing with his favorite piece of gear: the magical rising Oliver Powerflex bass amp. A great manager always knows the secrets of the studio!

John Dieterich from @deerhoof  mixes @celestialshore on the neve upstairs! Very exciting wave smushing, button tickling,...
04/18/2017

John Dieterich from @deerhoof mixes @celestialshore on the neve upstairs! Very exciting wave smushing, button tickling, and general fun with sound tubes.

@ithinkimphil explains to @ulfur_ that when his time has come, he'd like to be killed with a Western Electric Birdcage 6...
04/06/2017

@ithinkimphil explains to @ulfur_ that when his time has come, he'd like to be killed with a Western Electric Birdcage 639b...😵🎤

Lily Wen tape op'ing the Tascam 388. #figure8downstairs
03/27/2017

Lily Wen tape op'ing the Tascam 388. #figure8downstairs

Master clarinetists record at Figure 8
02/22/2017

Master clarinetists record at Figure 8

Marc Ribot on the house lap steel.
02/08/2017

Marc Ribot on the house lap steel.

Marc Ribot recording lap steel for the first time ever! For Sofía Rei's new album, which we just finished mixing yesterd...
02/08/2017

Marc Ribot recording lap steel for the first time ever! For Sofía Rei's new album, which we just finished mixing yesterday. Great stuff.

Figure 8's newest addition, thanks to Mattias Olsson and Christopher Cline! We're pretty excited. Videos to come.... #Me...
01/19/2017

Figure 8's newest addition, thanks to Mattias Olsson and Christopher Cline! We're pretty excited. Videos to come.... #Mellotron

Timeline Photos
01/03/2017

Timeline Photos

Mixed at Figure 8 by Eli Crews, produced by the amazing Guy Piccitto (Fugazi). Great review!
10/14/2016
Xylouris White

Mixed at Figure 8 by Eli Crews, produced by the amazing Guy Piccitto (Fugazi). Great review!

The Guardian says about XylourisWhite :

What a fun record to make!
09/14/2016
Figure & Ground

What a fun record to make!

Welcome to Les Yper Sound!!!! Watch the behind-the-scenes music vid single for "Step Away" on Impose #drumsnsax

08/31/2016

recorded at figure 8! one take, no headphones, one room, rough mix!

08/26/2016

@ianyhchang making 🔥🔥🔥 with @liptalkliptalk and @samphonepics

We here at Figure 8 are very excited about this record. Huge kudos to Lily Wen, Miles Arntzen & Jas Walton for the exqui...
08/05/2016
Figure & Ground

We here at Figure 8 are very excited about this record. Huge kudos to Lily Wen, Miles Arntzen & Jas Walton for the exquisite work they put into writing, arranging, performing and recording this music.

PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THE 2nd FIGURE & GROUND RELEASE:
A new full-length 12-inch LP exploring the ins and outs of drums & sax and weirdo pop musique concrète.

Get ready for an odyssey of intergalactic instrumentals brought to you by the dynamic duo Miles Arntzen & Jas Walton collaborating with Money Mark & Sinkane: the record drops November 4.

#lesypersound #drumsnsax !!!!!!

Progress. #figure8recording
08/03/2016

Progress. #figure8recording

At Figure 8, our instruments are living beings.
07/25/2016

At Figure 8, our instruments are living beings.

Tracked and mixed at Figure 8 by Eli Crews. We love these people.
06/30/2016
The Julie Ruin

Tracked and mixed at Figure 8 by Eli Crews. We love these people.

and here it is!!!! Hit Reset is out 7/8/16. Pre-order your copy today from http://flyt.it/hitreset

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It takes a village to record, produce, and distribute an album. I couldn't have gotten s*x & math out to you without the contribution of everyone listed here. Image text reads: Musicians: Daniel Levitin: vocals, acoustic guitar, tenor saxophone Leo Sidran: drums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals, electric guitar Andy Hess: bass Tomek Miernowski: acoustic & electric guitars Roger Rosenberg: baritone saxophone (My Refrain) Michael Coleman: piano (There is Delight) Moses Patrou: percussion (There is Delight, Headed for the Fall, Darwin Song #2) Sasha Dobson: backing vocals (This is My Refrain, What Took You So Long?) Nicki Richards: backing vocals (Headed for the Fall, Darwin Song #2) Hilary Gardner: backing vocal (Johnny and Linda) Produced by Leo Sidran Engineered by Michael Coleman at Figure 8 Recording, Brooklyn Mixed by Leo Sidran at Electric Poodle Stoodles, Brooklyn Additional engineering by Leo Sidran at Electric Poodle Stoodles, Brooklyn; Daniel Levitin at Griffon Studios, Los Angeles; Christopher Harrison at Christophone Studios, Van Nuys. Vocal Coaches: Joni Mitchell, Jeralyn Glass. Production assistants: Lindsay Fleming, Heather Lewis. Mastered by Greg Reierson, Rare Form Mastering; Manufactured and printed by Microforum Vinyl Record Pressing (Vinyl manufactured and printed by Precision Record Pressing) A&R Consultant: Rodney Crowell. Title by Christopher Harrison. Thank you to the wonderful musicians who lent their talents to this recording; to Rodney Crowell, Joni Mitchell, Livingston Taylor, Cris Williamson, and Bobby Vickers, whose discussions and critiques helped these songs to become better; and to Tom Brosseau, Rosanne Cash, and Victor Wooten for inviting me to tour with them to work out the songs in front of a live audience. Thank you to The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recordings (FACTOR) for supporting this project. Thank you to my co-writers: Pantha Wren (Answers), Livingston Taylor (Johnny and Linda), Peter Himmelman (Darwin Song #1), and Roger MacGregor (Jenkins Takes a Walk). Find the digital downloads here: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/daniellevitin/s*x--math, or message me for details about purchasing a CD or pre-ordering your vinyl copy!
FRIDAY Infrequent Seams releases Loss And Gain by James Ilgenfritz, Brian Chase, & Robbie Lee. Available on CD and cassette. Recorded by Sam Evian at Figure 8 Recording Mastered by Elliott Sharp #freejazz #justintonation #drumtuning #infrequentseams #brianchase #cassettetape Buy it here: https://jamesilgenfritzbrianchaserobbielee.bandcamp.com/album/loss-and-gain
After nearly 3 years of incubating, we have (finally) decided to release a collection of songs written and recorded during what can only be described as a time of change for us, individually, as a band, and really as a world. In March 2018 we hunkered down to record live at Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn, NY. This first single, “Highways” was mixed and mastered by Magnus Gulbrandsen at Jelöy Sound Mastering in Norway, and is dedicated to a very special fan, Paul. Available for streaming across multiple platforms ❤️ https://bridgetdavis.bandcamp.com/track/highways
Along with announcing our new tour dates we have a new single out called “In a Light.” I wrote this song with Will Graefe and we recorded it with a big version of the band live at Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn awhile back. I felt like I needed the right moment to release this song, so I held off on it until this week. That’s Will ripping all those guitar solos, Benjamin Lazar Davis on bass, LIP TALK on B3, Cully Symington on drums. It was recorded by Phil Palazzolo and Sam Evian, mixed by Dave Cerminara, and art by the one and only William Schaff. It’s on streaming now. Got a companion piece song coming at the end of this week.
We just finished tracking a new album. Many of you might be surprised to find that I did not touch a single guitar during the making of it. All of it was written on piano! Here's a shot taken at Figure 8 Recording yesterday as we were wrapping up. Excited to share this new music with you all.
Our interview with seminal musician / engineer / producer Shahzad Ismaily is live! Figure 8 Recording https://youtu.be/lM7MyVULRyk #jampedals #shahzadismaily #figure8recording
During Becca Stevens' final year at The New School, Darah Golub began documenting her peers, collecting content about artists “searching for identity and fulfillment at the start of the new digital frontier.” Thirteen (!!) years later, this body of footage (AKA: The New York Love Songs) is blooming into a startlingly intimate look behind the scenes of some of the most important moments of Becca's career, leading up to the 2021 Grammy nomination for her song "Slow Burn ft.Jacob Collier." Footage from the documentary “The New York Love Songs" - Directed, produced, filmed and edited by Darah Golub Featuring David Crosby, Snarky Puppy, Michael League Plays Music, Michelle Willis, Jacob Collier, Jordan Perlson, Christopher Tordini, Jo Lawry, Flux Studios NYC, BUNKER STUDIO, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Elling, Figure 8 Recording
As my home town of Melbourne crawls back into lockdown, I'm remembering this time two years ago I was lucky enough to swelter in the Brooklyn summer. Recording lots of the sounds that you'll hear on my new record. Big socially distanced love and thanks to Alec Hanley Bemis Eli Crews Figure 8 Recording Spirit Level Gotye Australia Council for the Arts Brie Jorgensen for the mems.
New Taali out today🔥🔥🔥 Honored to know and to work with such a fearless and brilliant artist. With her newest EP “Were You Busy Writing Your Heart Out?” she breaks new sonic ground while speaking truth about friendships, inner strength and our too-often fractured interconnectedness. Out now on Rainbow Blonde Records and all digital platforms 🎧 Stream: https://rainbowblonde.lnk.to/heartoutFB Tracklisting: 1. What Are You Afraid Of? 2. These Days 3. Champagne and Fires 4. Climb 5. Kol Haolam Kulo Recorded in NY at Figure 8 Recording Produced by Taali and Brian Bender Photo by Janette Beckman Design by Hayden Miller
OUT TODAY: Kol Haolam Kulo. Offered in this time of unprecedented fear. This song reminds me of moments with my family. Of raised voices and of a shared community. And yet its lyrics feel so made for today. We had it coded in for a release today well before this whole pandemic hit, and kept it, because despite how awful it feels to release music, it felt too appropriate to not release. The whole world is a narrow bridge // And the main thing is to not be afraid at all All I have right now is music. This song has been getting me through. Hope it brings you some peace. Listen and share: https://rainbowblonde.lnk.to/kolhaolamkulo Produced by myself and Brian Bender Engineered by Lily Wen at Figure 8 Recording Mixed by Brian Bender Mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios Out today on Rainbow Blonde Records
NUOVA FOTO DI BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG Billie Joe Armstrong al Figure 8 Recording di Brooklyn, NY nell'ottobre del 2018 per produrre l'album dei The Trash Bags
What Are You Afraid Of?” out now on Rainbow Blonde Records and available on all platforms. On fear, on friendship, on forgiveness. Listen here: rainbowblonde.co/whatareyouafraidof Produced by myself and Brian Bender Recorded by Lily Wen at Figure 8 Recording Mixed by Brian Bender Mastered by Frank Ankwright at Abbey Road Studios Cover photo by Ali Yavuz Ata Cover design by Hayden Miller