Structural wood and steel trusses, high tech lighting, white oak floors and adobe walls were intended to give the working musicians a comfortable place in which to live while working.

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Public Hi-Fi Recording Facility

Austin, Texas - 1,876 square feet


Site Description

Conceived as a detached studio space adjacent to the Owner’s residence in Tarrytown, Austin, Texas, impervious coverage restrictions, height limitations, compatibility standards and building line setbacks were all limiting factors in the design of the Recording Studio for a nationally acclaimed band. Acoustic privacy was elemental and imperative. The architecture was dictated by the Owner’s program requirements to blend into the residential character of the 1940’s neighborhood.

Problem

Very high levels of acoustic isolation were needed to both isolate the studio from neighborhood noise, as well as, isolate the neighborhood from the activity of live recording. Essentially, a building was built within a building using double 2” x 6” wood frame wall construction. Another layer of 10” adobe was used for the interior finish-out in the Live Room for ascetic and sound quality concerns. The heating, air conditioning and ventilation design was particularly demanding in that the acoustic consultant demanded that the operating system be completely silent.

Solution

The 2 story Live Room was designed with a drum and vocal booth to add versatility. Structural wood and steel trusses, high tech lighting, white oak floors and adobe walls were intended to give the working musicians a comfortable place in which to live while working. A Mixing Room and Equipment Room are acoustically perfect and enable the sound engineer to listen to and mix the various recordings. [+]

Public Hi-Fi Recording Facility

Britt Daniel and Jim Eno
Spoon Founders: Britt Daniel [L] and Jim Eno [R]
Jim Eno owns Public Hi-Fi Recording Facility,

"The songs always evolve in the studio," Daniels tells me. "I'll write them, demo them a bit, bring them to the guys and they'll change a lot, and then four track them some more and watch the new ideas come into play. And then we go record them in the studio and even more ideas come in, so they're always evolving and changing." --From an interview by Alex Steininger.

Spoon originated in 1996 in Austin, TX, with Britt Daniel (vocals/guitar) and Jim Eno (drums) and a rotating roster of supporting players. Their hybrid of indie and punk was born with their debut album, Telephono. They released their debut album on Matador Records. Their hits are many including the likes of 'Sister Jack', 'I Turn My Camera On' and 'The Way We Get By'. They have become one of indie-rock's premier groups. The band records at Public Hi-Fi Recording Facility.

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"Was it You?" by Spoon

We was walking through the park / Trying to get home before too dark / Who was it that we saw that night / Was it you?

Someone doing something not right / Shocked to see us interrupting their delight / Who was it that we saw that night / Was it you?

Tucked away inside of the wood
Tucked away inside and up to no good / Who was it that we saw that night / Was it you?

And we was cutting through the park / Trying to get home before too dark / Who was it that we saw that night / Was it you?

Spoon

About Spoon

"Like no less than Wilco, Spoon has yet to release a mediocre album. On the contrary, with every new series of sneaks, the beloved Austin indie institution overlays yet another evolutionary transparency onto its endlessly compelling musical matrix."

Raoul Hernandez
"Texas Platters"
The Chronicle

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'I Turn My Camera On'
[MP3 format]

"i turn my camera on i cut my fingers on the way the way i'm slippin away / i turn my feelings off y' made me untouchable for life and you wasn't polite it hit ..."

Band Website: spoontheband.com

Band Members:
Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, EricHarvey, Josh Zarbo

Record Label Merge (N. America), Matador (elsewhere)

Type of Label Indie