NORMAN — In the past seven years, Steve Boaz has ordered his professional life toward one goal. He has a passion for recording music and to have his own place where that happens. Breathing Rhythm Studio, 315 E. Comanche St., is the culmination of that ambition. It’s his operation built by accumulating gear and honing his personal expertise. He moved into the present physical location in 2011. The building is shared with a Jet Ski repair business next door in a space that was formerly an auto body shop in Norman’s oldest downtown district. “When we opened this place up everything came to a head,” Boaz said. "It became a full-time occupation generating regular income. “I didn’t go to school for this but it’s my obsession,” Boaz said. It’s a fascination fed by practical application and information from all sources.
Practicing his art and craft has led to a good reputation in the regional musician community.
“I consider myself the new kid on the block but have gradually acquired the tools I need to be successful,” he said.
It’s fortunate for Boaz and others like him that Norman’s established musicians and recording engineers tend to be welcoming rather than hostile to newcomers.
“One of my projects has been Smokey and the Mirror from Fayetteville, Ark. Run on Sentence from Portland, Ore. has been the band from furthest away,” Boaz said. Breathing Rhythm is a place that attracts people with creative sensibility. Diffused lighting from a variety of lamps that Boaz made himself, along with many Bohemian artistic touches make for an inviting atmosphere. Dozens of instruments are right at hand.
“The vibe in here is intentionally aimed at being a place for people to be comfortable making music,” Boaz said. Typically a hole in the wall that needs covering won’t be with an ordinary piece of drywall. Instead a hanging sculpture-like wood assemblage will be used. Low contemporary furniture, pianos and vintage amps fill the studio’s largest room.