....the concept....

the isokon is not your typical recording studio. in fact, it is more like a lodge in the woods, built on the side of a mountain, that just so happens to be home to a collection of rare & specialized recording gear. it is a feeling that we are creating something bigger, more important than we ourselves. it is a place where a new community of artists come together to forge a stamp on the recorded medium

...the studio...

the isokon is the private studio, home, and working vision of its creator, d. james goodwin. after more than a decade and a half of working in mainstream studios, goodwin decided it was time to experiment with the studio itself, as an instrument. in keeping with serendipity, he found a perfect home for the isokon,
literally minutes from the center of woodstock, new york.....

the studio itself sits on a hillside, amongst trees, overlooking the town of woodstock. from a comfortable respite alongside the fireplace, one can look out to the great old catskill mountains, yet be surrounded by a collection of rare & interesting musicmaking machines....

though the studio feels more like a lived in home, it takes sound very seriously. these spaces were chosen for their character - a character unique to the isokon. this character extends to the equipment that fills the corners.....

the heart of the isokon is a control room that houses not only a beautiful MCI 416 console, but a collection of colorful machines, rare records, and a listening environment that is more accurate than one may find in most commercial studios. all this, while arguably being the most comfortable control room you will ever spend many days working in.....

most importantly, while working here, as Goodwin’s guest, you will find that this becomes your home. you sleep here, cook here, live here, as if you took creative refuge to a place, far removed from the concrete doldrums of everyday life. the isokon becomes a true
retreat - musically, sonically, physically, and mentally.

...the origin of the name...

in the 1940’s, while germany was in the throes of a madman, a group of avantgarde architects took refuge in london, and took it upon themselves to design the first apartment building dedicated to communal living amongst the avantgarde....... this building was called The Isokon Building. the name came from the words ‘isometric construction’.  

our name is in homage to that spirit, that concept.