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Thursday, October 26 • 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Joe Tarsia Remembered: Sigma Sound Studios and the Philly Sound

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Joseph D. Tarsia, founder and original owner of Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia PA and New York City, passed away in November of 2022. As a recording and mixing engineer, Tarsia was the “sonic architect” behind the sophisticated blend of R&B, soul, and funk music that became known as the Philadelphia Sound, thus contributing to that music becoming a national and international phenomenon.

A panel made up of former Sigma Sound engineers will discuss Tarsia, his life, and the studio he founded. Other special guests may be added to the panel. The discussion will be moderated by Toby Seay, director of Drexel University’s Audio Archives, home to the Sigma Sound Studios Collection, a historic collection of approximately 7000 audiotapes documenting the legacy of Sigma Sound Studios


Arthur Stoppe

Former Sigma Sound Engineer and Studio Manager

Dirk Devlin

Sigma Sound Philadelphia Engineer

Jim Gallagher

Sigma Sound Philadelphia Engineer

Jay Mark

Sigma Sound Philadelphia/New York Engineer

Toby Seay

Director of Drexel University’s Audio Archives

Thursday October 26, 2023 4:30pm - 5:30pm EDT