Tucked in a corner on Main Street in downtown Denison across from Heritage Park, Split Window Studios quietly asserts its presence. The window, adorned with a table, chairs, and four microphones, offers just a glimpse into the world of innovation and artistry housed on the second floor. Here, Tony Giarraputo and Chris Romain have established a sanctuary for creativity, where local artists are given a voice to reach the world.
Tony Giarraputo, involved in the community as a recording producer for many bands (who still call him Uncle Tony), which was built in his barn, and through his work with nonprofits like the Sherman Symphony and the Texas Blues Society, plays a strong supportive role in promoting the arts in Texoma. His contributions have been instrumental in not only elevating the local music scene but also in fostering a sense of cultural identity. “The symphony and blues society are more than entertainment; they are part of the tapestry that makes up our community's musical cultural life,” Tony says, reflecting his passion for enriching lives through music.
Chris Romain's vision for Split Window Studios is equally compelling. He aims to create an all-encompassing hub for artists of all genres, leveraging the latest technology to enhance artistic expression. “Our goal is to blend cutting-edge technology with the raw talent of artists,” Chris notes, underscoring their commitment to staying at the forefront of artistic innovation.
The journey of Split Window Studios is a testament to resilience and strategic planning. Seizing an opportunity during a tumultuous period, Tony and Chris crafted a business plan that transformed an old space into a technological haven for artists. Today, the studio stands proud, equipped with advanced recording and production facilities, challenging the norms of traditional studios. The audio studio is set for live recording, isolation booths, foley sound effects, and more. While the image studio boasts an imagination boosting high definition LED wall and lighting rigs to create (and recreate) so many different spaces for artists with such diverse needs and visions.
One of the key aspects of Split Window Studios is its inclusive approach. Tony and Chris have made it a point to offer affordable rates, making high-quality production accessible to artists with limited budgets. During the pandemic, they invested in livestream technology and offered many musicians free studio time to create and stream music to audiences at home while they were unable to play in the live venues to earn money. They’ve since taken this service forward to free concert support, listening sessions, and broadcasting doing all they can to help spread the word of the artistic community in the Texoma area. Possibly even more life changing - Chris and Tony are willing to meet with and mentor artists in business and creative development to help them turn their dreams into reality.
As a hub of artistic creation and community engagement, Split Window Studios transcends its physical space. Tony Giarraputo and Chris Romain have not only provided a platform for artists to flourish but have also woven a vibrant tapestry of culture and creativity. Their dedication to art and community service has established Split Window Studios as a cornerstone of Texoma's artistic landscape, inspiring and nurturing talent for generations to come.
In the dynamic world of art and technology, Split Window Studios stands as a beacon, illuminating the path for artists and community members alike. The legacy of Tony Giarraputo and Chris Romain extends far beyond the studio walls, echoing through the streets of Texoma and resonating in the hearts of all who experience the magic within.