The fices Oscilloscope Laboratories, a media production and distribution company co-founded by the late Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch, are the subject a new online interactive media presentation called The House that Yauch Built.
Presented by Oscilloscope Laboratories, Red Bull Music Academy, and MediaMonks, The House that Yauch Built is an immersive, 360-degree tour Oscilloscope’s New York City fices, on Canal Street in Tribeca. The tour enables users to wander through hallways and check out various rooms (including Yauch’s personal fice), the lab’s recording studio, art department, editing bay and even the restrooms.
Each location in the fice is filled with audio and video content, including archival footage and new interviews with Oscilloscope artists and personnel, as well as surviving Beastie Boys Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Mike “Mike D” Diamond.
Of particular note is Yauch’s fice, which, like other rooms, contains a collection esoteric mementos. Artwork created by his father, Noel, hangs high on one wall; an Ampeg Baby upright bass (which Yauch played on the instrumental album The Mix-Up and other Beasties records) sits in front a window; CDs are stacked on his desk, where a notebook holds drawings for “O-scope Ear Goggles” — recording monitors Yauch designed himself.
The main room in the fices features a ping-pong table, artwork for the Beasties’ To the 5 Boroughs album, lab coats (all Oscilloscope Labs personnel had to wear them), a fisheye mirror and other odd objects that let visitors know they were in a creative environment.
If you visit The House that Yauch Built, give yourself plenty time to explore; there’s a lot to watch, read and listen to while you’re there.
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