Broke Musicians, Rejoice! Central Library Has a Free, Legit Recording Studio

Categories: Live and Local

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Allison Babka
Band members can collaborate on album art or video editing in one of the Creative Experience pods.

The Creative Experience at Central Library offers plenty of other ways to participate in or enjoy music, such as genre specific immersions. The library tested Hip-Hop Appreciation Week in May and featured live music by Nappy DJ Needles, a lyrics workshop, open-mic night and films. The program was so successful that Johnson says the library already is looking forward to next year's installment.

Outside of the Creative Experience, the library also gives local musicians a perhaps unexplored venue in which to perform. The Not So Quiet! concert series takes place every third Thursday of the month and features an array of regional talent. The program, now in its fifth year, draws about 100 people to the library's auditorium.

"It's fairly popular," says Joe Schwartz, programming and events specialist. "We just had Corey Black, who, according to the RFT, is one of the top sixteen hip-hop artists to watch."

Central Library also offers Contemporary Tuesday Nights, which gives local acts the chance to fill 236 seats of the library's modern theater.

"Ellen the Felon was just in -- her and a piano, and she loved it," Schwartz says. "We're constantly looking for people who need a space. If you're good, we're interested. We want to help those in the community who need an environment to host a larger event on a grander scale that may not be suitable for a general hall."

The downtown library branch also is exploring comedy events, additional films, contests and other opportunities to showcase local, regional and national talent.

"People often think of libraries as just books," Schwartz says. "We want you to come to think of the St. Louis Public Library as this whole world, whether it's computers or the Recording Room or concerts. It's so much more than just printed materials now."

For information about the Creative Experience or the Recording Room, visit slpl.org/slpl/library/cexp.asp. To keep up with Central Library events, read the Check It Out newsletter at cio.slpl.org/category/branches/central.



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58 comments
livviej
livviej

can not wait to record in here.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

Armed shootouts at the library in 3..2..1..

Pratie Head
Pratie Head

They also have books that you can check out and read too for FREE!

Meg Bruhn
Meg Bruhn

Check it out Marky Bertolis.

Nat Sirius
Nat Sirius

Well, this IS free, for folks who hold a library card.

Paula Williams
Paula Williams

Now the news is out, it will get stolen or vandalized.

Wil Wander
Wil Wander

It is a great idea.........if only someone were to take that a step further??????? ;-)

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

Wannabe Punk bands, Rappers, and EDM producers rejoice

Aaron Boothe
Aaron Boothe

St. Louis just gets cooler and cooler. I miss STL

Justin Spencer
Justin Spencer

Oh great, now the media center is going to be even more full of riff raff.

Stephen Mennemeyer
Stephen Mennemeyer

Hey everyone were extending an invite to come check us out for all your blues memorabilia and just having a great time. We're having an event on the 12th for all types of fun and prizes. If your a blues fan you don't want to miss this! www.facebook.com/groups/StlouisHockeyBuySellTrade/

Cody Nix
Cody Nix

Absolutely love the idea, but how long until everything is broken?

Cory Hart
Cory Hart

I will definitely be taking advantage of this.

Matt Cox
Matt Cox

Brace yourself..... the shitty comments are coming!

Matt Cox
Matt Cox

What? Really? Music is a hobby right and its something positive for kids to do. Instead of going out and getting into trouble. They have some where to go a record music. You negative ass!

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

ya... it's lack of pro tools causing all the problems.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

brace yourselves... the shitty music is coming!

Matt Cox
Matt Cox

That's whats up, keep the kids off the streets.

Bushey Tina
Bushey Tina

What an excellent idea for a library.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Sweet! I was looking for a place to edit down my local amateur porno for production! Speaking of which Sally, you need a job?

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

God shut the fuck up you stupid bitch. Can't you over privileged stuck up cunts ever keep your stupid comments and veiled racism to yourself? Fucking seriously, doesn't it ever get boring? Go fuck yourself twat, you do nothing to help shit, your just a loudmouthed skanky fuck leaving a trail of slime behind you. Fuck. You.

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