Legendary Producer Alan Parsons returns to Abbey Road to host a series of talks.

Alan Parsons & David Hepworth 2

Abbey Road Studios will host a new series of public lecture events this November entitled ‘Sleeve Notes: From Mono to Infinity’. Alan Parsons is indelibly linked to Abbey Road – most notably for his work with Pink Floyd, The Beatles and his own seminal 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 that enabled the creative envelope to be continuously pushed, resulting in groundbreaking, inspirational and timeless recordings.

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 and illustrious 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’, then gained almost fifth band-member status with ‘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 endeavor 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.

Friday, November 13th:
Session 1 – 15:00
Session 2 – 20:00

Saturday, November 14th:
Session 1 – 11:00
Session 2 – 16:00

Sunday, November 15th:
Session 1 – 11:00
Session 2 – 16:00

Friday, November 20th:
Session 1 – 15:00
Session 2 – 20:00

Saturday, November 21st:
Session 1 – 11:00
Session 2 – 16:00

Sunday, November 22nd:
Session 1 – 11:00
Session 2 – 16:00
Tickets are £85.00 + booking fee.

There will also be a limited number of meet & greet VIP tickets available.

In between the weekend Sleeve Notes lectures Alan brings his popular recording masterclasses Master Class Training Sessions to Abbey Road. Based on his award winning Art and Science of Sound Recording’video series and book, MCTS events offer attendees the chance to literally make a record with Alan Parsons in the studio.

For Session 1, on November 16th and 17th, there is an open contest to find a New Recording Artist. “Talk about a golden opportunity,” says Alan’s co-author and Master Class and Training Sessions event producer Julian Colbeck. “We’re not just hoping to unearth new talent – we’re going to record new talent – in the greatest recording studios in the world – with the guy who engineered The Dark Side Of The Moon!” Session 2 will feature seasoned international recording artists, to be confirmed.

MCTS sessions enable a strictly limited number of attendees to experience life in a professional recording studio, working alongside one of the world’s top engineers and record producers. Attendees study routing and arrangement, instrument mic-ing, a live tracking session, instrumental overdubs, recording vocals, processing and mixing.

Complete information on the Master Class Training Sessions plus the New Recording Artist contest is on Alan’s Art Science of Sound Recording website assr.tv/abbeyroad.

Finally, Alan will also take time out of his schedule to deliver a private lecture exclusively for students at Abbey Road Institute, the Studios’ brand new audio engineering and music production education facility which opens later this month.

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Alan Parsons’s official website is: alanparsonsmusic.com and he can be found on Facebook.

All words by Philip Allen. More work by Philip can be found in his Louder Than War archive.

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