alchemy/east Sets Up Shop in New York

Aug 29, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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New York City composer John Petersen recently launched alchemy/east music house in the Long Island town of Sagaponack, N.Y. Soon after opening its doors, editor/director John Zieman dropped by to score a high-profile documentary for The Friends of the High Line, a short film for the "Designing the High Line" exhibition in Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station. The 12-minute film is part of an installation that showcases the results of the extremely popular design competition for the future of this rail relic.

“I wanted to create a studio that would offer my clients New York-caliber music services in an easygoing, resort-style atmosphere,” said Petersen about the new site. “I still had the option to either use my studio in the city or come out to Sagaponack to compose. Technology has come such a long way that I can instantly upload whatever I am working on to anywhere in the world. But, also, I was hoping that, if I built it, they would come.”

Petersen began renovating the new space and installed a new Mac G4 with Digital Performer, a Synclavier, a Mackie D8B digital mixing console, and a host of software plug-ins and sound-processing equipment early this May.

Petersen created an engaging score that supports the film’s message with a fusion of musical styles. Atmospheric and rhythm-infused music underscore the film’s documentary style, while transitions into pop-country accompany many of the historical images and beauty shots. Petersen’s modern rockabilly riff helps end the film on a high note.

With Avid DV Express on his new Mac PowerBook G4, Zieman brought the film edit to the mix. “I’ve worked with John for years, he brings a surprising vision to every new project,” said Zieman. “His new studio was amazingly ready to go, with not one problem."

For more information on the project, visit For more information on alchemy/east, call 631/537-7446.

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