Established to combine the work of engineers Adaq and Isa, Empiric Sound has accumulated an impressive collection of clientele, venues and labels with whom they have worked, such as the Wiener Symphoniker, the Royal Albert Hall and NMC Recordings. Recently, Empiric Sound has worked on a wide range of projects including engineering the seminal first complete recording of John Cage's 'Song Books', released on Sub Rosa and mastering audio for the Barbican Art Gallery's Pop Art app. Forthcoming projects include engineering and producing a recording of the Brodsky Quartet for Chandos Records.
Adaq was trained by legendary Grammy Award winning engineer Tony Faulkner.
Adaq has recorded orchestras at the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican and Symphony Hall Birmingham, choirs in Oxford, Portsmouth and Birmingham and has travelled as far as Poland to record independent musicians. He continues to assist Tony Faulkner on recordings at the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall.
Credits include engineering the first complete recording of the John Cage Song Books; mastering Toccata Classics' Andre Tchaikovsky CD performed by the Wiener Symphoniker; a recording with Convivium Singers used on BBC Songs of Praise episode "D-Day: 70 Years On"; assisting on a recording with the Bach Choir at the Royal Festival Hall; Morgan Hayes' 'Violin Concerto and other works' CD on NMC Recordings and continued work for Toccata Classics.
Recording influences include techniques developed by Tony Faulkner and classic Decca recording philosophy.
Isa studied composition under a scholarship at the Royal College of Music before going on to establish a reputation as a producer and engineer of the very highest quality.
With a focus on classical, contemporary and jazz, he has worked with numerous distinguished musicians nationwide including Grammy award winner David Corkhill, The Brodsky Quartet, Mercury Prize nominee Kit Downes and Lore Lixenberg.
In addition, Isa regularly works with young prize-winning ensembles and soloists such as the ROSL winners Ferio Saxophone Quartet, ECHO Rising Stars and BBC New Generation artist Benjamin Appl, RPS Awardees Linos Piano Trio, and Kausikan Rajeshkumar, recipient of several awards at international piano competitions.
Concert recording highlights include a recital by cellist Jane Lindsay at the Royal Festival Hall, a solo performance by the Horns of the BBC SO and a Southbank Sinfonia concert with tenor, Adrian Thompson.
Isa’s philosophies towards recording and producing are influences by Tony Faulkner and Manfred Eicher.