MUSIC EXTRA: A HISTORY OF MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY - 8. THE STUDIO: THE BEATLES AND BEYOND (96kbs-m4a/35mb/50mins)
BBC World Service broadcast: 15th June 2019
Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason continues the story of the recording studio, exploring how bands such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys brought avant-garde production techniques into the mainstream during the 1960s.
The programme also charts the role jazz and dub reggae played in advancing studio production, and how increasingly sophisticated studio technology slowed down the recording process.
But the advent of portable tape recorders – and then digital technology - saw the studio begin to shrink in size, while at the same time expanding access to the recording process.
With it came a boom in in alternative music which was previously ignored by the major record labels, and bedroom producers making music on home computers kick-started an explosion in electronic dance music.
Today, digital studio technology has become so sophisticated that it can help even the shakiest of singers deliver the perfect performance.
The series is produced in association with the Open University.
Ken Scott, sound engineer and producer who worked with The Beatles and David Bowie
Prof Simon Zagorski-Thomas, The London College of Music at the University of West London
Brian Kehew, producer and historian, co-author of Recording the Beatles
Dr Sean Williams, The Open University
Arthur Baker, producer and remixer
Chris Lord-Alge, mix engineer
Mark Mothersbaugh, Devo
Prof Susan Rogers, Berklee College of Music and former sound engineer for Prince
Andy Hildebrand, inventor of Autotune