Producer of the Month: Tank Brown

This video showcases StoryLab’s January, 2015 Producer of the Month, Travodkas Brown. Tank became a StoryLab producer in the Fall of 2014. He works in Logic Pro and is known for his smooth vocal phrasing and all-around great attitude. In addition to his collaborative work with other rappers he participated in the production of StoryLab’s very own 90-second Newbery submittal, Ivan 4 realuh, based on the Newbery award-winning novel The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

Upcoming StoryLab Hours Changes

StoryLab will be closed Thursday, February 12th for a National Public Radio interview being conducted in our facility.

StoryLab and the Tacoma Public Library will close all day Saturday, February 14th due to the upcoming Presidents’ Day Holiday.

Week of February 16th:
StoryLab will be closed on
Tuesday, February 17th through Thursday the 19th due to staff vacation.

We will reopen with our normal operating hours on Friday, February 20th. We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you then!

Producer of the Month: Israel Stewart

Our StoryLab Producer of the Month for December is graphic artist Israel Stewart. Israel first came into the lab at the end of September, having only worked previously with pencil and paper. The work showcased here, Solid Oak, Rooted Ground, is a design inspired by his father. The image will eventually be made into a full-color poster for display at a local karate studio. Stuart is 15 years old and he eventually wants to go on to produce animation and graphics as a profession. Israel says that StoryLab has helped him open up to other avenues for his art, enabling him to scan old drawings and bring them into eye-grabbing full color. Great work, Israel!


Producer of the Month: Kyle Duffey

Kyle is a graduate from Lincoln High School and has proven himself a skilled producer and editor. Having just signed up during the month of October, Kyle was single-handedly responsible for an Autotune revolution here in StoryLab! Working collaboratively with several producers, Kyle has participated in no fewer than four separate projects, adding his skills and talents to all who seek his help. In this thought-provoking video, Kyle rails against government corruption and invasiveness into our privacy. We Need More Real, his first music video at StoryLab, was produced in three days. Great work, Kyle!

Making Tracks with Studio One

A typical edit screen in Studio One software.

A typical edit screen in Studio One software.

StoryLab’s summer course offerings included a two-day audio production extravaganza, facilitated and engineered by John Hargis. On Tuesday, August 19th producers met inside the lab to learn about the exciting features offered by StoryLab’s new Digital Audio Workstation software: Studio One.  With easy-to-use drag-and-drop functionality and an incredible array of editing options, Studio One is quickly becoming a standard in professional audio production.  Class participants learned the ins and outs of various software tools by selecting an existing song and enhancing it with their very own instrumental treatment.

Day two of the audio production series involved a multi-track studio recording session from inside the Olympic Room. The recording featured singer/songwriter Ariel Duchesne and local musician Chris Meadors. Over the course of the day three country/folk songs were recorded: The Grass is Green, To Be Continued and The Old Cowboy. Throughout the process students observed the way in which many different instruments are recorded simultaneously and the unique relationship between artist and engineer as they collaborate to make the recording a success. This was the first recording course of its kind at Tacoma Public Library! To hear the music that was made go to: