Sound studio

The sound museum plans to move to new facilities before the building is demolished

When the building at 155 North Beacon St. in Allston-Brighton is demolished, it will not take the sound museum inheritance with him. Musicians won’t have to watch their creative homes crumble either.

Boston’s treasured and longtime rehearsal center has announced plans to move, with the added news that current tenants won’t have to move until the new space is “fully functional.” Sound Museum owner and founder William “Des” Desmond is currently working on the project alongside IQHQ, the California-based technology company that buy it decades old building which the Sound Museum rents.

As IQHQ intends to demolish the current location, located near New Balance’s newly developed headquarters, to build a “life sciences campus”, the company has moved ahead with its plans to first help the sound museum to move into a new space of comparable size, location and rental prices. IQHQ even hired a commercial leasing broker and an architect, according to the company, to help find and develop the new location.

“We discussed all these things for a month, and then they [IQHQ] says ‘we are committed to doing this. We’re going to replace the sound museum,'” says Desmond Vanyaland. “We’re going to have a brand new facility and these guys will spare no expense for it.”

This means that the approximately 300 musicians who rehearse at the Sound Museum will not be thrown out on the streets anytime soon. In fact, Desmond and IQHQ have also pledged to rent free moving trucks to help artists make the transition.

“We understand the importance of the Sound Museum to Boston’s music scene and have worked closely with ‘Des’ from the beginning to replicate what he created on N. Beacon Street,” says David Surette, senior vice president. from IQHQ.

Desmond’s list of requirements for the new space ensures that tenants experience as few changes as possible at the “new” sound museum. The facility is to be located within Boston city limits, close to the current location (about a 20-minute drive, he says) and span approximately 40,000 square feet. Because the Sound Museum has long boasted of the “most affordable rehearsal spaces in Boston,” Desmond also hopes to find a location with comparable rental prices, he says.

Once Desmond and IQHQ lock down a new location for the Sound Museum, IQHQ staff members will help remodel the space to include two recording studios, a performance area and an adjacent room for a setup of online radio.

“People can ride [gear] straight from their rooms into the performance space, and we can record them live,” notes Desmond. “I’m going to bring in people who recorded in the ‘old’ museum of sound to help design the recording studios so they’re done right.”

This news comes ahead of an Allston-Brighton public meeting this Tuesday (January 18), where many musicians planned to voice their concerns that demolishing the building would also demolish much of Boston’s music community. The Sound Museum’s current space in Allston-Brighton has provided a creative home for thousands of musicians over 32 years of age.

Prior to this announcement, the impending loss of the Sound Museum meant another surrender for cultural institutions in Allston-Brighton, many of which have recently been replaced by large chains and corporations. Fortunately, the music playing within the walls of the Sound Museum will not be silenced – it will simply be moved to a new location.

“It’s the best possible scenario for someone like me with a small business in a position like this,” Desmond concludes. “I’m very grateful.”