KAS Reopens KAS Music & Sound

Oct 1, 2003 12:00 PM, Compiled by Sarah Benzuly


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Opening its doors on September 20, 1920, as the Famous Players/Lasky, Kaufman Astoria Studios (as it is known now) later went on to be called Paramount Studios, where Rudolph Valentino, the Marx Brothers and Gloria Swanson made names for themselves. Today, it has reopened its doors as KAS Music & Sound and is under the direction of Joe Castellon (pictured). This high-tech recording studio has hosted a range of musicians such as Placido Domingo, Destiny's Child, Tony Bennett, Betty Buckley, Wynton Marsalis and many others.

The new studio will focus on providing independent producers with music for their films: A staff of composers and arrangers are on hand to score the film and record it for producers who do not have the resources to do it on their own. Other recent updates include a climate-controlled storage area to keep tapes and hard drives at ideal temperature conditions, and a studio for dialog replacements and voice-over work.

The road from Valentino to Castellon was a bit winding. In 1942, the property was transferred to the U.S. Army and functioned under the name Signal Corps Pictorial Center; during this time, the army produced films for soldiers about survival on the battlefront, hygiene in the tropics and musical features to keep the troops entertained. In 1972, when the Army declared the site “surplus property,” the studio was saved by a nonprofit organization and designated a landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Ten years later, George Kaufman (in a partnership with Alan King and Johnny Carson) obtained the studio lease and renamed it Kaufman Astoria Studios. Continuing with its rich history, in 2001, KAS acquired Master Sound, a recording studio housed in the complex since 1995.

For more, visit www.KaufmanAstoria.com.

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