Berklee Today: California Dream Studios

By 
Mark Small
February 29, 2012
Richard Gibbs built the Woodshed first and foremost as a creative environment.
Brian Riordan '94

When Richard Gibbs '77 built his residential studio in Malibu, California, he was pursuing much more than a pleasing sonic ambience.

After clocking thousands of hours in recording studios as an in-demand film composer and session musician, Richard Gibbs '77 had a vision for his own studio. "I'd been in so many studios around the world that I had a pretty strong opinion about how my dream studio would operate," he says. "I wanted everything that makes it look like a studio hidden. This place can pass for a beautiful living room but has full functionality as a studio."

Meanwhile, Brian Riordan '94 founded Levels Audio, one of Hollywood's busiest post-production audio studios.

After graduating from Berklee, Brian Riordan arrived in Los Angeles hopeful that his songwriting and composing skills would gain him a toehold in the music business. But it turned out that his tech skills opened the door to his career.

Read more about these studios and the men that created them in Berklee Today.