The Art & Science Of Alan Parsons

GRAMMY-nominated producer visits the GRAMMY Museum
  • Photo: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images
    Alan Parsons
  • Photo: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images
    Alan Parsons
January 25, 2011 -- 12:36 pm PST

GRAMMY-nominated engineer/producer and musician Alan Parsons was the featured guest at the GRAMMY Museum on Sept. 29, 2010, as part of the Museum's An Evening With series. Before an intimate audience of 200, Parsons shared his thoughts on modern recording technologies, his experience working with the Beatles and Pink Floyd, his new video project titled Art & Science Of Sound Recording, and working at the famed Abbey Road Studios.

"The day I first walked up those steps [at Abbey Road Studios] they were just wrapping up the white album [The Beatles]…and the vibe was very strong about the big double album being completed," recalled Parsons.

"Six months after starting I got a call saying the Beatles needed help at their new studio at Savile Row. EMI and myself got the call to go down and install equipment…and that's ultimately what became Let It Be."

Following the discussion, Parsons performed a few songs with members of the Alan Parsons Project, including "Eye In The Sky," "Games People Play" and "Sirius."

Parsons began his career as a staff engineer with EMI Studios until landing a job at London's Abbey Road Studios at the age of 19, working as an assistant engineer on the Beatles' Abbey Road and Let It Be. He subsequently went on to work with artists including Jeff Beck, Paul McCartney, Pilot, Pink Floyd, and Al Stewart. In 1975 Parsons founded the Alan Parsons Project with GRAMMY-nominated songwriter/lyricist Eric Woolfson. That same year the duo, supported by a revolving troop of session musicians, released their debut album, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe. A string of albums followed, including 1977's I Robot, which charted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, and 1982's Eye In The Sky, which peaked at No. 7. Parsons has been the recipient of eight GRAMMY nominations in the Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical category; his first came in 1973 for Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon. Parsons' recent project, Art & Science Of Sound Recording, is an instructional DVD set featuring tips on studio acoustics, Internet recording, approaches to live recording, and mixing, among other topics.

Upcoming GRAMMY Museum events include An Evening With My Chemical Romance (Jan. 26), Musicians Institute Presents: Sampling Across Genres (Jan. 26) and GRAMMY Museum Presents: S'Talking Zappa (Jan. 27).

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