Cynthia Daniels has just returned from LA and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show.
She and her MonkMUsic Studio were nominated for a TEC award for studio design, within the category of ”The TEC awards” (for Technical Excellence and Creativity in Audio) which are sponsored by the National Association of Music Merch.
How did she do?
“Unfortunately I lost to some guy named Spielberg,” she said, “for his new Dreamworks Animation Studio (Actually Mr. Speilberg divested himself of the Dreamworks Animation Studio in recent years)
She then added, "Seeing Pete Townsend win the Les Paul Lifetime Award preceded by a lovely video of his life achievements spread across a panoramic screen a hundred feet long was a highlight of the awards evening. He (Pete) was gracious and humble and it brought me to tears to acknowledge the impact he has had on the music that was my life's blood, the music of several generations, igniting the passions of musicians and listeners across the world for years.”
Ms. Daniels went on to talk about her adventure by saying, “I may have logged 20 miles in the gargantuan Anaheim convention center. It is quite beautiful from the outside. As for the crowds, I felt strangely safe, not too buffeted despite some long stretches with so much noise, talking,music playing, performing bands colliding ala Charles Ives, wankers wailing through every amp, guitar and drum kit around the miles of aisles.”
She continued, “ The scene cannot be described because it is too vast and while it may be imagined, the actuality of being joined in the presence of these nutty impassioned artists, posers, thrill seekers, performers, dream chasers all in one massive musical candy store environment had both an overwhelming feeling of family and a feeling that one was on the edge of going mad with exhaustive talk, seeking information, connecting, desiring new toys with which to play.” So how did she entertain herself, she said, “…I of course spent much time connecting with some colleagues in the pro-audio area and wishing I could spend all day at the giant protools/ plug in technique seminar and laughing and catching up with friends I hadn't seem in many years.”
One of my favorite assignments over the years was when Cynthia Daniels, the renowned Grammy- and Emmy-winning recording engineer, opened her new cutting-edge recording studio, Monk Music, in East Hampton. The ambitious project a product of Architect Jon Storyk (of New York’s Electric Lady Studios fame) is a world-class recording and mixing is now available on the East End of Long Island.
Located between Sag Harbor and East Hampton, Daniels’ Monk Music Recording Studio will now offer both local and visiting artists access to “two acoustically perfect” live recording rooms.