The much-published image of a Liverpudlian boy-band cheerfully zebra-crossing Abbey Road, is one familiar the world over. Miraculously, it has never gone threadbare! In times when impatiently awaited new albums regularly catapulted the international fan base into a state of frenzy, the venue of recording stood a serious chance of attaining similarly excessive attention.
Back then, the average music connoisseur may not have grasped that „Abbey Road“ not merely stood for a London street name, but also represented a sophisticated recording studio. One, whose fame grew in proportion with the popularity of its many talented users: the Abbey Road Studios in London’s St. John’s Wood district, indisputably consists of the fabric legends are made of.
Vintage equipment for landmark recordings
When established by the Gramophone Company in November 1931, the „first-ever purpose-built recording studio“ already accommodated an impressive array of technically advanced recording and mixing facilities, making it a precursor for innovative recording techniques.
Widely utilised by artists striving to orchestrate untried blends of musical variations, Abbey Road Studios attracted rock bands such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd or The Hollies in the 1960s. They all copiously experimented with those new facilities and never failed to take their vast discipleship by surprise and on yet another avant-garde audio journey that stirred emotions never witnessed before.
Abbey Road, The Beatles’ 11th studio album, was released in September 1969. The band dissolved in April 1970.
„Celebrated artists, producers, composers and orchestras have worked at Abbey Road and it continues to attract generation after generation of remarkable talent.“ ARS
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Education and innovation by Abbey Road Studios
Abbey Road Institute…
… is a 12-month course concentrating on audio engineering and acoustics, music theory and production, management and music business.
Abbey Road Red…
… is an open innovation department designed to support the endeavours of the brightest music tech entrepreneurs, researchers and developers. For the most promising music tech startups, an incubation programme has been initiated.
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