La Luna is a full service recording facility started by engineer/producer Ian Gorman. Founded as "Big Green Lamp!" in 2001, and renamed "La Luna Recording & Sound" in 2012, the studio has grown from a modest home set-up into one of most prolific and creative recording destinations in the state. Offering both analog and digital recording, mixing, mastering, archiving, consultation, audio workshops, and private lessons, Ian and his staff strive to make powerful, classic recordings that fully capture the artist's creative vision and stand the test of time.
Like so many musicians, Ian started experimenting with audio in high school, recording his own bands with a 4-track cassette recorder and a couple of workhorse mics. Looking to turn his love of recording into a full-time profession, he studied audio engineering at WMU from 1996-2000, during which time he recorded dozens of local bands, many classical and jazz projects within the school of music, and won an international award from Downbeat Magazine for Best Engineered Student Recording in 1999.
In 2000, Gorman accepted a position as a sound engineer at Chicago Recording Company, working with such artists as Wilco, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Mannheim Steamroller, which earned him a multi-platinum record. Gorman’s decision to focus on the thriving independent Michigan music scene brought him back to Kalamazoo in the fall of 2001, where he worked as a staff engineer of Western Sound Studios. Ian's mobile/home studio Big Green Lamp! eventually grew into La Luna, which opened in June of 2012.
Ian is proud to work with independent artists, creating passionate and wildly inventive music over a wide range of styles, always staying true to his client's artistic vision, and mindful of the budget of the working musician.