The Beastie Boys Open Up Their Oscilloscope Studio To NYU Students

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In the 2000s, the Beastie Boys opened their own New York City recording studio. Oscilloscope Laboratories, as its known, is a full service Canal Street studio, with its office and production company launched by the late Adam “MCA” Yauch. As profiled in The New York Times one year after the famed Beastie Boys founder’s 2012 death, Oscilloscope has pushed on—focusing extensively on films, starring the likes of David Cross, Julia Stiles, and others.


However, the recording studio’s website shows the Beasties, Money Mark, and others making use of the tremendous collection of audio equipment. In addition to the last three Beasties releases, Kanye West, Bad Brains, M.I.A., and Phoenix made use of the lab.

Now, college students are being welcomed to make use of the tools and space accumulated by MCA, Ad Rock, and Mike D, among others. New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music has partnered with Oscilloscope, allowing students to record, mix, and produce in the former paint factory.

According to Billboard, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts also announced The Neptunes’/N*E*R*D’s Pharrell Williams as its artist-in-residence less than one week ago.

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