CONTACT Studio is a recording studio based in Rua Red, that was established in 2009 by South Dublin County Council Arts Office. It is an accessible, affordable space where people can work in a relaxed, professional environment. It is their aim to provide opportunities for people of all ages to express their creativity, and to find opportunities to partner and collaborate with other arts and community organisations wherever possible.
The studio provides technical and developmental support to events and festivals around the county, including the Social Inclusion Unit’s annual show “Celebration”; and “NOISE Moves”, South Dublin County’s youth dance festival. CONTACT Studio is a member of the creative partnership that has developed “Unwrapped”, the annual winter celebration, since it’s inception. Gerry has been it’s Musical Director, live sound technician and main composer since 2012.
CONTACT Studio works closely in partnership with Alternative Entertainments to deliver Sub Sounds, a music education programme that is funded by Music Generation South Dublin. Sub Sounds takes place in Rua Red in Tallaght, Áras Chrónáin in Clondalkin and MegaBytes Youth Cafe in Lucan. There is also a Sub Sounds Schools programme which takes place in secondary schools around South Dublin County. You can find out more about Sub Sounds on the NOISEdublin.ie website.
The Big Picture TV is a creative digital media programme initiated by CONTACT Studio that is run in partnership with Foroige. The participants are young people aged 14 - 18 years from South Dublin, who work under the guidance of Gerry and television producer Elton Mullally of Southpaw Pictures to film and edit the videos that are featured on the channel.
CONTACT Studio’s recording technician, Gerry Horan, studied sound engineering and music technology in the Sound Training Centre in Temple Bar Music Centre. He was a founder member of the band Alphastates, who released two acclaimed albums and a number of singles
and e.p.s, and toured extensively in Ireland and Europe; and also played in the instrumental band The Violet Roadkills. He continues to work as producer/multi instrumentalist with singer/songwriter Cat Dowling. He also composes music for film. Over the past
fifteen years Gerry has built up extensive experience in the music industry in music composition, production, performance and recording.
CONTACT Studio is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
T: 086 781 1687