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Pink Noise Studios - Somerville

Pink Noise Studios - Somerville Independent recording studio and workspace in East Somerville. Pink Noise Studios is a recording and practice space operated by Daniel Thorn and located in East Somerville, Massachusetts not far off McGrath Highway and close to Inman and Union Squares.

We aim to provide a space and resources for DIY-minded and independent artists and understand that artists today have deep knowledge of and interest in recording and releasing their own music. The bands who use our space regularly record themselves, and I’m glad to contribute resources for them to do so. For more information, go to pinknoise-studios.com

Operating as usual

Please keep an eye out for these guitars! They were stolen in Western Mass; the band members should have more info about...
06/29/2022

Please keep an eye out for these guitars! They were stolen in Western Mass; the band members should have more info about models + maybe serial numbers

Hey folks,It’s really hard to say this, but Pink Noise’s lease at 15 Ward Street in Somerville is ending at the end of M...
02/02/2022

Hey folks,

It’s really hard to say this, but Pink Noise’s lease at 15 Ward Street in Somerville is ending at the end of March.

I’ve got a limited amount of time left in February and March for my last recording sessions in the space before I close up shop, so please reach out if there’s anything I can help you record before then.

I will continue to mix and master music, and to edit podcasts, after moving out of the Ward Street space.

I’ve written more about the events that led up to this, and how I’m feeling about it, here: https://youseemyproblemisthis.substack.com/p/pink-noise-studios-2014-2022

Thanks to everyone who’ve been a part of this space over the years, and who have made Pink Noise what it is. I love you all.

I’m hoping to continue recording music, whether in a new space of my own, at someone else’s studio, or with a mobile rig at your house. I’m endlessly inspired by all of your creativity and kindness, and I look forward to working with you into the future.

All the best,
Dan

Really proud to have worked on the debut project by @wontondeath under the new Skeleton Yaks name.It’s an exhilarating h...
10/12/2021

Really proud to have worked on the debut project by @wontondeath under the new Skeleton Yaks name.

It’s an exhilarating headrush of an album that cheekily references previous Won Ton Death records while layering in beautiful and harsh new textures.

Go buy the record at skeletonyaks.bandcamp.com / stream, like, & follow on Spotify!

Here’s a #studiocatchall post inspired by @quiethouserecording . Fun fact, old Magic: the Gathering bundle boxes are a p...
01/25/2021

Here’s a #studiocatchall post inspired by @quiethouserecording . Fun fact, old Magic: the Gathering bundle boxes are a pretty decent size for storing random patch cables.

We’re psyched to be working with @hairstyle_music (the synthwave supergroup of @whoisjillblutt and @bass.doll ) and they...
08/24/2020

We’re psyched to be working with @hairstyle_music (the synthwave supergroup of @whoisjillblutt and @bass.doll ) and they have a new single out, mixed & mastered at the studio by @chumbawamba_backpatch!

Check out “Extremity” now at linktr.ee/Hair_Style or in our bio and STAY TUNED for their album, coming soon!

Today, like other Bandcamp Fridays, consider buying this lovely record by Christians & Lions (recorded & mixed at the st...
07/03/2020
Christians & Lions

Today, like other Bandcamp Fridays, consider buying this lovely record by Christians & Lions (recorded & mixed at the studio) if you haven’t already!

A "veritable underdog super group" (TheDig) formed in 2004. Benjamin Potrykus (Bent Shapes, Receiving End of Sirens, etc), Matt Sisto, Chris Mara, and Chris Barrett are joined by Fiona Wood, Chris D'Amore, James Weinberg, and Sara Honeywell.

02/22/2020
Cheap City — Tanked for Jupiter (Full Concert)

We had the great honor of hosting the Cheap City cultural ambassadors for this concert in December! We hope you have as much of a blast watching these tunes as we had recording it.

More products of our civic exchange can be found at cheapcity.bandcamp.com !

Cheap City performing live on December 7, 2019 at Pink Noise Studios in Somerville, MA. Set: The Pierre Boulez Memorial Discothèque 2:02 F**k This Rats' Nest...

Photo by Loren Ipsum / @loren_ipsum_arts
01/29/2020

Photo by Loren Ipsum / @loren_ipsum_arts

Pink Noise Studios - Somerville
01/29/2020

Pink Noise Studios - Somerville

Another great review of Pennants' debut album! Check it out on Bandcamp or Spotify if you haven't yet, and check out the...
01/28/2020
Pennants - Clumsy Nostalgia

Another great review of Pennants' debut album! Check it out on Bandcamp or Spotify if you haven't yet, and check out their upcoming shows if you live around NYC or Philly!

We are dedicated to informing the public about the different types of independent music that is available for your listening pleasure as well as giving the artist a professional critique from a...

Our good friends Pennants are doing a Leesta Vall Sound Recordings session this Sunday! Don't miss yr chance to preorder...
01/23/2020
Pennants

Our good friends Pennants are doing a Leesta Vall Sound Recordings session this Sunday! Don't miss yr chance to preorder a unique, direct-to-vinyl recording of one of the songs from their debut album "Clumsy Nostalgia," recorded last year at Pink Noise!

Time is running out to order your record from our session this Sunday with Leesta Vall Sound Recordings. Every record bought will be a unique performance, recorded directly to vinyl for your ears only. Order at the link below and message us if you have any questions!

It’s been a long day of cable-making and maintenance work at the studio as we work to make the space even more accessibl...
01/19/2020

It’s been a long day of cable-making and maintenance work at the studio as we work to make the space even more accessible for freelance engineers to rent & use for their personal projects, but we’re staying caffeinated thanks to the sweet mug from @plumesmusic. We’re drinking coffee right now but their newest album “TEA” (recorded in part at Pink Noise) has been on the menu here since its release late last year. Be sure to check out their next shows around Boston!

2019 was a great year for the studio, and we’re really excited to keep building this year with more recording sessions, ...
01/08/2020

2019 was a great year for the studio, and we’re really excited to keep building this year with more recording sessions, more events, and more engagement with all of y’all who’ve made the space into the wonderful community it is.

We just launched an account on @domorewithfriends , a platform for DIY organizers like us to build our audience and grow sustainably into 2020 and beyond.

We’re offering different tiers of monthly membership which will give you a discount to any events or performances held at the space, as well as free stickers & other swag, and maybe more perks to come. Would you want to get discounted recording time? 1on1 sessions with Dan or access to recording / mixing clinics? Members-only karaoke parties? Let us know what you’d like to see us offer and let’s make it happen, together.

If you want, you can become a member now and get discounted admission to some of the shows we’ve got coming up, like the amazing @gracegivertz / @themichaelcharacter / @duffymadison / @ultra_chapelle gig on 1/17, or you can make a one-time donation if you want.

If you’ve appreciated Pink Noise over the 5ish years we’ve been around & you have fond memories of a performance you saw here or a record that was made here, would you consider leaving a $1 one-time donation and writing a bit about why you like the studio? It’d really mean a lot to us & help us bring you more great music into the new year.

Thanks again for all your support! Link in bio. Come in, and feel the noise.

01/01/2020

Grateful that 2019 brought us so many fun & fulfilling sessions as well as a better grasp on file organization. Thanks to everyone who shared your creative selves with us this year. We’re really excited for everything that 2020 has in store.

So psyched for this! Pre-order your one-of-a-kind record today!
11/26/2019
Pennants

So psyched for this! Pre-order your one-of-a-kind record today!

We are happy to announce that Pennants will be doing a live direct to vinyl session at Leestavall Recordings in January 2020!! We are truly grateful to be included in such a great project that has included so many great bands and artists in the past!!! Check the preorder link to choose which song you want us to record on your record (since each one is unique we can personalize your recording how you like) and get your pre orders in now!!

https://leestavall.com/products/pennants

“Oregon Trail” by Pennants is featured on Sports Illustrated / Extra Mustard! Scroll down & listen, and stream “Clumsy N...
11/19/2019
Pennants

“Oregon Trail” by Pennants is featured on Sports Illustrated / Extra Mustard! Scroll down & listen, and stream “Clumsy Nostalgia” now!

You won't believe this, but our song "Oregon Trail" is streaming on Sports Illustrated.

Album out now, wherever else you stream music.

More new music from Plumes ahead of their upcoming album, with rhythm tracks recorded here at the studio by Dan Thorn. E...
10/10/2019

More new music from Plumes ahead of their upcoming album, with rhythm tracks recorded here at the studio by Dan Thorn. Expert mastering provided by Dereck at Quiethouse Recording!

Give a listen and enjoy those end-of-summer vibes...

Bobby Blue & Connie Sue is live along with its b-side, Summertime Autumn Breeze! We’re excited about these songs and the upcoming album (more info on that soon), so we hope you enjoy 🔹🔸☀️🍂

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Rhythm tracks recorded by Dan @pinknoisestudios (vote for them at Bostonmusicawards.com/vote !)
Mastered by Dereck @quiethouserecording
Artwork by @not_so_meloncholy
Special thanks to @hushclubband for mixing notes

Feeling thankful for all the sessions we’ve hosted this year with so many great artists from Boston & beyond, and the ye...
09/21/2019

Feeling thankful for all the sessions we’ve hosted this year with so many great artists from Boston & beyond, and the year’s not even over yet! Getting nominated for the @bostonmusicawards for best recording studio has got us thinking about what a great 2019 it’s been for us creatively. Thank you to everyone who’ve let us help them realize their musical vision this year. We’ve got even more in store for the rest of 2019 and beyond, and hopefully even better #consoletapeart

Please vote for your favorite Boston Music Awards nominees, including Best Recording Studio, at bostonmusicawards.com/vote !

Holy crap, we got nominated for a Boston Music Award for Best Recording Studio! Boston Music AwardsWe're blown away to b...
09/20/2019
2019 Nominees - Boston Music Awards

Holy crap, we got nominated for a Boston Music Award for Best Recording Studio! Boston Music Awards

We're blown away to be in the company of such amazing local studios in this category, many of which have been staples of the Boston music scene for decades.

It's been an incredible year here! Thank you to all of the engineers and all the artists who've made records here in 2019. We've got a lot of big things planned for the rest of the year and into 2020 - stay tuned and don't forget to vote for your favorites in the 2019 BMAs!

https://bostonmusicawards.com/nominees/?fbclid=IwAR1oEJIJvAMLtxUvGPMEWBwRhMk0_QVrUi8J9h7GmkRl8RMw5unxYJtyBFo

The Boston Music Awards and official partners are proud to share with you the 2019 Nominees. Join us December 11 at House of Blues. #BMA2019

Our friend @wontondeath just released this stunning 5-track record, available now on wontondeath.bandcamp.com and wherev...
09/17/2019

Our friend @wontondeath just released this stunning 5-track record, available now on wontondeath.bandcamp.com and wherever fine music is streamed! @chumbawamba_backpatch mastered it here at the studio and we’re psyched it’s out for the world to hear!

Working with Ben and his many collaborators has been an extremely creative and fun process, and we can't wait for you to...
09/04/2019

Working with Ben and his many collaborators has been an extremely creative and fun process, and we can't wait for you to hear the record!

I'm profoundly proud and deadass delighted to announce that "Young Familiar," the first Christians & Lions album in ten years, will arrive on metallic gold cassette, Bandcamp, and all streaming platforms on 10/4 (good buddy). Pre-Order coming soon!
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So many thanks to everyone involved with this, some of whom I've known and/or played music with for all ten of the years since "Bird's Milk."
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Players: Chris Mara, Miriam Lee, Chris D'Amore, Sara Honeywell, Fiona Wood, Chris Barrett, Gregory Tellier, James Weinberg, Benjamin Potrykus, Dan Thorn. Recorded and mixed by Dan Thorn Pink Noise Studios - Somerville, mastered by Bradford Krieger at Big Nice Studio, with art and design by James Weinberg (http://www.weinbergdesign.com/).

Recording Niffin’s high energy, musically adventurous tunes was a ton of fun! Stay tuned for their upcoming record!
08/17/2019

Recording Niffin’s high energy, musically adventurous tunes was a ton of fun! Stay tuned for their upcoming record!

We had a blast recording most of our upcoming album for 11 hours yesterday at Pink Noise Studios - Somerville! Greg Nahabedian, Stefanie Lubkowski, Steven D. Moreno, Brian Church, Aaron Jay Myers

Cheap City got a shout out on GIMME TINNITUS and they're in good company! Listen to all these!
06/13/2019
stream these :: MANEKA + Weeping Icon + A Deer A Horse + Haybaby + Necking + Nastie Band + Cheap City + Droids Blood + SELVEDGE + SNUBBED + Bob Mould + Tycho – GIMME TINNITUS

Cheap City got a shout out on GIMME TINNITUS and they're in good company! Listen to all these!

    And now, here is a round up of some of the necessary audio/video streams from the somewhat recent past (mostly). I’m pretty sure that I am leaving something out, so leave a comment and let me know what’s missing (or not).     Listen.

VQnC's album release party at the studio was magical. Thanks for being part of the space from the beginning!If you haven...
04/09/2019

VQnC's album release party at the studio was magical. Thanks for being part of the space from the beginning!

If you haven't listened to "Freedom" on all streaming platforms, what are you waiting for?

Friday night was nothing short of a dream.

The road to get there was a long one with many hurdles and sleepless nights but it was surreal to see my vision come to life and I thank you for all the ways you all have supported, impacted, and joined me on my journey. And to the dozens and dozens of folks who helped me make Friday night a beloved disco fever dream, I am forever grateful…..

To my band- thank you for your talent, your dedication, your humor, and your willingness to invest your time into this project. Many of you have multiple music projects, countless personal commitments, and various jobs and yet you continued to show up for me and literally blew me away. I love you forever Fiona Wood, Corey Rosenberg, Allister Quilon, Dan Thorn, Ivan Pyzow, and Timothy Hall.

To my family- thank you for traveling from literally all over the country to help me on my night-before-show scramble, for helping me prep and decorate the space, and for singing with me and cheering me on. I wouldn’t be who I am today without all the lessons you’ve taught me, all the music you share with me growing up, and without you all being living examples of “do everything with passion and dedication”. Friday night was OUR night. We did this together. John Corless, Maureen Corless, Christine Corless Bronner, Helen de Troy, Laura Corless, Charles Unfathomably Holbrow.

To my friends- thank you for reminding me to breath and for always reaching out to check in on me when you knew I was juggling a lot. The dedication and selflessness of you all is exemplary and I truly have the best friends. You are sparkle tornados to be reckoned with.

To my production crew- thank you for stepping up and playing such important roles in making the event run smoothly. Thank you dj flaccid and L'duke for burning up the dance floor with your music- you liberated our bodies and minds and we are all better for it. Thank you JD Neinast for running door, Q aka Your Queer Mawm for running merch, Stephanie Popowski and Liz McGuinn for being the best vintage saleswomen ever, Jill McCracken for photographing the event and helping create lasting visual memories, OJ Slaughter for the pre-show photoshoot- you always know how to capture me in the ways that I want to be seen and for being my right hand babe in the final moments, Najeema Holas-Huggins for quite literally slaying my face, Becky Donner for working with me to create the most delicious custom earrings for the show.

To Pink Noise Studios - Somerville- thank you for being our disco playground. You've been my musical playground since 2014 and it's been an honor growing with you. You are special.

To my HipStory fam- You’ve been here from the beginning and you’ve supported me throughout this journey. VQnC wouldn’t be what it is or what it’s become without your support, guidance, collaboration, and LOVE. Thank you for everything Cliff Notez, Tim Hall, Oompa, Forte, Nicholas Antonio Rodriguez Martin, and Hamstank.

To Tony Hamoui- this project brought us together and taught us a great deal about teamwork. Through your love and friendship, I have been transformed so I thank you for pushing me, loving me, and believing in me always. We f**king did it.

PC Jilly Beans
Face Chain Mural by Emma Leavitt

VQnC's debut album is out now! Give it a listen on Spotify and get ready for the album release party 4/5!!!
04/02/2019

VQnC's debut album is out now! Give it a listen on Spotify and get ready for the album release party 4/5!!!

World:

I give you, “Freedom”

Life can be filled with darkness. Life can be filled with loss. That same life can be filled with growth. That same life can also be filled to the brim with love.

I started this project during a period of self-doubt and deep sadness. I am lucky to have a supportive community who challenged me to look inward and outward at the same time to remind myself that beauty is everywhere and darkness can be fleeting if I allow it to be. I am grateful for the gift of music which gave me the tools to navigate through these feelings and to help me create a tangible example of what resilience can look like and what it can sound like.

I hope that this album meets you where you are and helps you get to where you need to be.

I love you!

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7CPZIL7bDpkrPzEunO2HBJ?si=VhdC7A_PRRKWOZi9gIB6sA

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/freedom/1457310689

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/vqncvqnc/sets/freedom

and everywhere else you listen to music ;)

03/29/2019

Everybody get HYPE for VQnC’s debut album, “Freedom,” dropping 4/2! Follow @vqncvqnc for more info about how to get to the exclusive album release performace next Friday, 4/5!

📽: @alexmiklowski

03/22/2019
Heaven Sent, by Mini Dresses

Mini Dresses' new album is out today on Joy Void! We're proud to have helped out with the tiniest amount of overdubs on "Open Mind"! Give it a listen!

10 track album

Just picked up this limited-edition #moog #sirin “analog messenger of joy” to add to our keyboard / synth collection. If...
03/11/2019

Just picked up this limited-edition #moog #sirin “analog messenger of joy” to add to our keyboard / synth collection. If you wanna make a joyful noise on 🎹, we’ve got you covered with a bunch of classic acoustic, electric, and electronic pianos and organs.

PS: the Hammond A102 just got souped up by Tyler of Boss Organ and it’s sounding better than ever!

I'm so glad to share Sarah's new album as Red Wedding, mastered here at Pink Noise. Check out the album and read the ama...
02/14/2019
Red Wedding - S/T

I'm so glad to share Sarah's new album as Red Wedding, mastered here at Pink Noise. Check out the album and read the amazing, thoughtful writeup by Various Small Flames!

Various Small flames review the self-titled record from Red Wedding,

had a blast engineering this Allston Pudding studio session with @Haasan Barclay back in January! Check it out to hear h...
02/11/2019

had a blast engineering this Allston Pudding studio session with @Haasan Barclay back in January! Check it out to hear his new single "NPC" as well as a few songs from his new group Camp Blood!

Many thanks to Haasan, Shaka, and Matt for performing in the space, and to Mattie, Amanda and everyone else who organized and filmed this session!

Check out Allston Pudding to see my session featuring NPC & my new band, Camp Blood 👹👹👹 @ Pink Noise Studios - Somerville

We caught @gregnaha in the act of recording the final overdub on @cheap_city_forever ‘s upcoming LP. 14 songs tracked ov...
02/11/2019

We caught @gregnaha in the act of recording the final overdub on @cheap_city_forever ‘s upcoming LP. 14 songs tracked over 5 days and I can’t be more excited for you all to hear them. I want to pull an all nighter and mix them all down tonight but i think I need to go to bed now.

Day 3 of tracking with @cheap_city_forever was guitar day. We tracked guitar for 13 songs and got deep in the #tonezone ...
02/09/2019

Day 3 of tracking with @cheap_city_forever was guitar day. We tracked guitar for 13 songs and got deep in the #tonezone with @seoulp ‘s #Laney #gh50l (for heavier tones) and #ampeg #vt22 (cleaner tones) + the studio’s #earthsoundresearch #g2000 for some Dick Dale-accurate surfy sounds.

All that and we tracked lead vocals for four songs and saxophone for two. Looking forward to keyboards and vocals tomorrow! @ Pink Noise Studios - Somerville

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15 Ward St
Somerville, MA
02143

We're a few minutes' walk from the Lechmere Green Line stop and from the 69, 80, 87, and 88 buses.

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(201) 403-4633

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Much love to Pink Noise and Dan for everything they've contributed over the years.
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While it's felt like a lifetime, It's only been 2 years since I, along with some of the greatest warriors, faced the Giant King. In the only live Hamstank performance, Recorded live Pink Noise Studios - Somerville Ft. Luke Kinnealey, Ryan Bogosian, VQnC, Dan Thorn, and Tony Hamoui, Along with special guests Cliff Notez, Oompa, and Forte Shot by Austin Collins, Mathieu Cunha, and Alex Quilon I present to you the full RotGK release show. https://youtu.be/iGCbkFF360U
More from last months Test Broadcast at Pink Noise Studios - Somerville - working through some Alice In Chains SUPPORT THE ADDITION Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4Dvlyns9EtoG3QWGdUWAvn YT: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgytZG951j5yQ50_BWBPH7A
Thanks to everyone who came out to Pink Noise Studios - Somerville last night. You rock.
Living Hour announces new tour dates for spring!🌷🐣🦋 Softer Faces is out now http://smarturl.it/livinghour 04.25.19 – Winona, MN – Eds (no name) Bar 04.27.19 – Detroit, MI – dm for address 04.28.19 – Cleveland, OH – Now That's Class 04.29.19 – Philadelphia, PA – Truck 05.02.19 – Brooklyn, NY – ALPHAVILLE. 05.03.19 – Boston, MA – Pink Noise Studios - Somerville 05.04.19 – Montreal, QC – The Diving Bell Social Club / Club Social Le Scaphandre 05.05.19 – Ottawa, ON – Black Squirrel Books & Espresso Bar 05.09.19 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison 05.10.19 – Windsor, ON – Phog Lounge 05.11.19 – Chicago, IL – Marz Arcade 05.12.19 – Minneapolis, MN – Fallout Arts Initiative 05.13.19 – Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
Playing at Pink Noise Studios - Somerville with our MA heroes @reallyfromband and Honey Cutt on May 3 ☄️💜
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