Capitol Records Asks: What Price An Echo?
April 23, 2008 at 10:16 AM (PT)
CAPITOL RECORDS executives are lobbying LOS ANGELES City Hall officials to stop a local developer from building a 16-story building next to the iconic CAPITOL RECORDS tower, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES reports. The reason: The excavation and construction of a three-level underground garage would damage one-of-a-kind, below-ground echo chambers that are used for high-end recordings and CAPITOL Studios.
The echo chambers were designed by guitarist LES PAUL and have been used by artists such as FRANK SINATRA and DEAN MARTIN, NATALIE COLE and BRIAN WILSON, who used them last week. "As a major employer in the HOLLYWOOD area, CAPITOL RECORDS is extremely concerned about the viability of us being able to continue to run CAPITOL STUDIOS in the face of the admittedly significant adverse impacts that will be caused by construction," SVP MAUREEN B. SCHULTZ said.
The developer, who denies that the project would harm the reverberation equipment has nevertheless promised to try to limit noise and vibration during construction. "There are a series of mitigation measures to be taken during construction. Muffling devices, de-watering techniques, taking noise-generating equipment as far away as possible from CAPITOL," developer attorney DALE GOLDSMITH said.
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