The Matrix Recording Studio began in 1994 as simply "The Matrix" and was located in the heart of Rochester, NY on the 7th floor of the Sibley Building. The three partners were Daevid Vincent, Tom Plinzke and Bill Pifer. The studio evolved from 4-track, to 8-track Reel-Reel, to 16-track and eventually digital. The studio was invitation only, and often the artists were recorded pro-bono.
During the next four years, the studio focused on expanding its equipment selection, honing it's clientele, and delving into video game soundtracks. The first of which was the game Synnergist by Vicarious Visions. Tom and Daevid did all the scores, sound effects and voice-over recording. They even have bit parts as characters in the game. Also worthy of note, the cover art was done by Dave McKean, famous for the Sandman comics. Most of the artists were recorded during this timeframe on what was then extremely high end equipment, but by today's standards would seem antiquated.
In 1996 Daevid moved to San Francisco, CA and the studio became bi-coastal and focused primarily on sound track and scoring work. The second game title was Dark Angæl and primarily written by Tom and Bill.
Finally from 1998 - 2001, the NY branch closed and everything was relocated to Seattle, WA. The studio became primarily digital from the Mackie D8B to Creamware Pulsars with 15 DSPs. It was rockin' 32-lightpipe channels to and from and almost everything was automated. Life was good. The soundtrack work continued for WildTangent, Inc. and also for Valve Software. The Valve project was particularly rewarding as it involved re-creating many of the "Doom" sound effects (originally created by Nine Inch Nails) to use in a port of "Doom" using the new Half-Life engine! Several voice-overs for Valve's "Gunman" female computer were also recorded at this time. While working for WildTangent, a screen saver was created.
After the 9/11 tragedy, the studio started to suffer and it was decided that it was time to close shop. Most of the equipment was sold off, but there is still some left. Please inquire if you're interested.
TheMatrix.com domain was sold in January 2002 to Warner Brothers for an undisclosed sum of money and replaced with this domain name.
The following 16 artists were recorded in The Matrix Recording Studio
Area 39 is the part of your brain that turns chaos into order. It is what allows you to decipher stereogram images. This is a project created by Daevid, Tom and Bill to experiment with audio and the human consiousness. The track 'Actum Ne Agus' was featured on the rec.music.industrial Mind/Body 2 CD compilation. The track 'Ritual' was featured on the rec.music.industrial Mind/Body 3 CD compilation.
CODEX is a double entendre based upon DiVinci's novel and also the driver used to play audio/video in Windows. This is a joint collaboration between Daevid and Marc Pospisil. It's hard industrial with electric guitars.
When Daevid moved to San Francisco, he found a new bandmate named Bruce Sherrod. This project never really saw its full potential due to time and devotion constraints. It is very electronic with some electric guitar.
Some solo work by Daevid in San Francisco. This was mostly geared towards commercials, Shockwave flash demos and smaller 30-second spots for air and radio play.
Heather, Holly and Kristal Kunzer were the three singers with John Peone as the musical brains. Their music is light and fluffy and sure to at least make you smile.
Quite possibly one of Daevid's favorite songs. Laura recorded parts of this at different times, and never got to hear the completed track. Sounding like Tori Amos, she too played all piano (live!) and sang all harmonies to this track.
We found two reals of theirs, but for the life of us, we can't remember what they sound like. We'll try to get their tracks up here.
Folky and acoustic best describes Matt. Very easy on the ears and you can feel the pain in his voice. If you like this, check out Todd Moskowski below too.
If you like your gothic music dark and brooding, these three guys really know how to make you slit your wrists...
Jason Bazinet came into the studio when it was in Issaquah and we did some mastering for him. These are industrial, electronic, rap, funky and hard all at the same time. The fondest memories are of us running a rediculous extension from the mixing console to his car's cassette deck so that we could master on 'speakers he knew'. LOL!
Another reel-reel tape we found but don't know anything about.
This treo from NY has a very tribal and shoe-gazer style of music. Mixing ambient sound with modern rhythms, they were eventually signed to the Def American label. Wake was a project featuring lead guitarist and singer Greg Asproulis. Currently he is known as Gregory Paul.
Daevid's true solo project. Electronica with some fluff. The track 'Phase Shift' was featured on the rec.music.industrial Mind/Body 2 CD compilation.
Matt Gomm and he were in a band together, and both wanted to try some solo tracks. If you like one of these guys, you'll probably like the other. Solo acoustic guitar exhibiting exceptional picking.
Tom also ventured out into his own solo diddling once in a while. These are just some fun left over tracks. Rough sketches if you will, and almost comical electronica.
Daevid & Tom are the duo known as Who Mournes. A combination of goth, industrial and synth-pop they're all over the map. The track 'Holiday' was featured on the rec.music.industrial Mind/Body 1 CD compilation and also on the Fifth Column Records Best of M/B CD compilation.
The following 16 artists were recorded out of The Matrix Recording Studio
Anthony Lanni's solo industrial project leaning towards EBM. Please see http://www.myspace.com/antagonyst for his tracks.
The Artillery Men (on a toot) are the very reason Daevid got into music creation. They were a local Rochester Institute of Technology band. Completely electronic and unlike anything he had ever heard. Their lyrics are very cerebral.
Combine Portis Head and Massive Attack in a trip-hop fashion. Severina Sol's lead vocals are enchanting.
Daniel Meier of Haujobb's solo project. Daevid happened to be lucky enough to play a few dates on the tour.
Jonathan was one of Daevid's mentors. He exposed him to his first mixing console and taught him the joys of MIDI. These tracks range from dark instrumentals to depressing love songs.
Kurt is from the band Information Society. He did this amazing unofficial remix of a PWEI song 'ich bin ein auslander' and 'This is Halloween'.
If you like psy-trance, then Magnus is your man. Please see http://www.blackvortex.com for his tracks.
MarQ is Marc Pospisil's solo project Please see http://www.marq.org for his tracks.
While this cat has no affiliation to the studio. He is one of the most brilliant rappers ever heard. Go to his website http://www.mchawking.com -- you won't believe your ears.
Mesh is Daevid's brother Nicholas on lead vocals. Think rock along the lines of Pappa Roach. http://www.myspace.com/meshrocks.
Perfectly accessible industrial/EBM music by Marc Pospisil and Anthony Lanni. Many tracks were produced and remixed by Daniel Meier of Haujobb.
Trip-hop in the likes of Massive Attack with up-beat melodies and female vocals. All music composed by Daevid's friend Thomas Hale.
Dan Divita and his brother Jon created some timeless up-beat electronica well before anyone knew what that was! These tracks are simply outstanding and it is truly unfortunate that more people didn't get to hear them; hopefully that's about to change...
Cheezy synth pop with female vocals by Janet Valle and Paul F. It was the 90's!
Todd Craw loved 'Ministry'. Nuff said.
Zia has been around for like 15 years it seems. She keeps banging out the electronica and trying to get her 'space' message heard.
Unfortunately we don't have photographs of all the various locations and incarnations the studio had.
After the 9/11 tragedy, The Matrix Recording Studio started to suffer as did most small businesses and it was decided it was time to close shop. Most of the equipment was sold off, but there is still some gear left. Please inquire if you're interested.All items are "make an offer", most are in very good condition and come with manuals but no original boxes unless noted. Starting bids are based upon eBay going rates or various other web searches. Keep in mind there'd be no shipping or taxes if you are in the Seattle area (as you can come pick it up).
|Behringer Composer MDX2100||$75|
|Behringer Dualfex Pro EX2200||$60|
|Behringer Virtualizer Pro||$60|
|Cables, Snakes, adapters||random Hosa and other generic cables, RCA snakes, adapters, plugs, 1/4", XLR, boxes of them.|
|Emu Emax II rack module||$550||SCSI port. 4MB RAM. v2.14 OS. An Emax SE on ebay is going for $575+|
|MOTU MIDI Express XT||$100||Parallel Port version not USB, but should work under XP as per that link/driver.|
|Pearl double-tom stand||$75||Awesome and very solid stand. Mint condition. Perfect for holding the pads mentioned below! :) These are selling new for $100-$260.|
|Peavey ProFex Multi-effects processor|
|Pintech Silentech trigger pads||$150 each or $250 for both||(2) Amazing snare-like mesh drum trigger pads. silver mesh. NEVER USED. These are selling new for $180-$219|
|Roland D-110 Tone Generator||$50|
|Ultimate Support Apex keyboard stand||$100||Dual tiers. It also has a handle built in to make it easier to carry, and all the 4 arms slide into the top of the stand and the legs slide into the bottom, so it's one self contained unit.|
To get more information about the services provided or the artists exhibited here:
The Matrix Recording Studio
17928 NE 90th Street, Redmond, WA 98052-0848 USA
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