Abbey Road Studios will host a new series of public lecture events this November entitled ‘Sleeve Notes: From Mono to Infinity,’ and presented by music producer and recording engineer Alan Parsons.
Parsons is indelibly linked to Abbey Road – most notably for his work with Pink Floyd, The Beatles and his own music with The Alan Parsons Project.
The ex-Abbey Road staffer, now resident in California, will chart the development of his own skills and experience as an engineer, producer and recording artist alongside the developments in music technology at Abbey Road.
He will share his first hand experiences – both anecdotal and educational - of his time working with the iconic artists who passed through the Studios’ doors. The talks will incorporate audio recordings, video footage, photos and vintage studio equipment used to create classic tracks.
‘Sleeve Notes’ will include an audience Q&A with Alan, which will be co-hosted by David Hepworth, whose journalistic and TV credentials including The Guardian, NME, Q, Mojo, and The Old Grey Whistle Test.
Alan’s long career at Abbey Road began when he was a young trainee engineer working on The Beatles final two landmark albums, Let It Be and Abbey Road.
He later handled mixing duties on Pink Floyd’s first UK #1 album, Atom Heart Mother, and again on Dark Side Of The Moon, on which he took the lead with many of the album’s pioneering achievements in audio.
Easing into the producer’s chair in the mid-1970s Alan produced a string of hit singles and albums including Pilot’s (Ho Ho Ho It’s) Magic, John Miles’ Music and Al Stewart’s Year of the Cat. This success as a producer was the inspiration for The Alan Parsons Project, an endeavour that coalesced around Alan’s magic-touch production and the songwriting talents of Eric Woolfson. Between 1975 and 1984 Alan recorded much of the Project’s most memorable work at Abbey Road including Tales of Mystery and Imagination, I Robot, and Eye in the Sky.
‘Sleeve Notes: From Mono to Infinity’ will provide fans of the music Alan has worked on with a fascinating insight into the technical and personal experiences of his time at Abbey Road Studios.
The sessions run from 13 – 22 November with tickets priced at £85.00 plus booking fee. There will also be a limited number of meet & greet VIP tickets available.