Santa Cruz, CA (November 1, 2010)–The 10-hour video series on sound recording, Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording, is now available in a 3-DVD boxed set format.
Narrated by actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton, the DVDs are divided into 24 sections, starting with A Brief History Of Recording. Technical sections come with custom diagrams and musical examples and include in-depth looks at EQ, Compression, Reverb, and Delays. Recording equipment is spotlighted in Microphones, Consoles & Controllers, Monitoring, and Computers & Digital Audio, while a set of specific recording guides looks at Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, and Drums. A series of practical recording sections look at Recording Acoustic Guitar With Vocal, Recording A Choir, A Band Tracking Session, Internet Recording, and, most crucially, Dealing With Disasters.
Alan Parsons’ career–spanning recording engineer, producer, composer and artist–acts as both backdrop and inspiration for the series. Parsons worked with The Beatles on Abbey Road and Let It Be, engineered Dark Side Of Moon, and produced a string of multi-platinum hits for The Hollies, Pilot, Ambrosia, Al Stewart, and others including his alter ego, The Alan Parsons Project.
Along the recording trail, Parsons interviews almost 40 fellow engineers, producers, and artists, whose insights into specific techniques or applications run through the program. Engineers and producers include Jack Joseph Puig (John Mayer, Green Day, Fergie), John Fields (The Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus), Elliot Scheiner (The Eagles, Steely Dan), Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Slash), Tony Brown (Dixie Chicks, George Strait) and Chuck Ainlay (Melissa Etheridge, Mark Knopfler), Sylvia Massey (Beck, Tool), Jimmy Douglass (Justin Timberlake, Timbaland), and Allen Sides (Phil Collins, Joni Mitchell). Artists and musicians interviewed include Michael McDonald, Taylor Hawkins from The Foo Fighters, Nathan East, Rami Jaffe, the legendary Carol Kaye, and Erykah Badu.
The DVD set features soundtracks in English, German, and Spanish and has an extensive menu system including “Topic search.” Footage includes Alan Parsons’ latest release, All Our Yesterdays, written, recorded and captured on video especially for the series.
Scott Goldman, the Vice President of the GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares who recently hosted “An Evening with Alan Parsons” at the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, had this to say, “As demonstrated at the recent GRAMMY Museum program, Alan Parsons continues to display a remarkable level of passion and commitment to all of the elements that comprise the best in sound recording.” The series is also finding favor amongst top educators. Bruce Tambling, Music Director of California’s Foothill College says: “These videos are the best I have ever seen. We could base an entire class around this material. An incredible bargain.”
Alan Parsons’ Art & Science Of Sound Recording