Abbey Road Studios turns 90 with festival for aspiring music makers


London’s Abbey Road Studios, where The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Amy Winehouse and Adele have made legendary recordings, are celebrating their 90th anniversary this week with a festival of events for the next generation of music makers.

Two days of panels, listening sessions and lectures for beginners in the industry will cover topics ranging from how to become a producer or engineer to understanding music publishing.

The “Amplify” festival, where guest speakers include record producer Steve Mac, composers Steven Price and James Newton Howard, among others, follows other events earlier this week to mark the anniversary, including parties listening and a photography panel.

“We stand on the shoulders of giants, we have had so many amazing names across this place so we have to celebrate this,” Isabel Garvey, general manager of Abbey Road Studios, told Reuters.

“The next two days are about: we know people love coming to the studio, but what the future holds, how the recording process evolves, how the future of an artist evolves, how technology evolves.”

Although it has hosted a long list of famous names and produced soundtracks for films such as “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones”, Abbey Road Studios is also known for its innovation in music recording technology. .

On Thursday at Studio Three, a range of new creative tools were showcased, including BrainRap, which listens to an artist sing or freestyle and immediately suggests words.
Built as a Georgian townhouse in 1831, no. 3 Abbey Road was converted to studios in 1929. It became EMI Recording Studios two years later.

“How are we going to be so famous in 90 years? We have to capture the hearts and minds of the next generation,” Garvey said.
“We have to be really relevant, we have to know how the technology is changing, how the world outside of us is changing and keep going.”


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