Alan Parsons Debuts 'Art & Science of Sound Recording'

Dec 22, 2009 5:13 PM


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After almost two years in production, Alan Parsons’ Art and Science of Sound Recording, the highly anticipated epic living encyclopedia covering all aspects of sound recording, is releasing the first six exclusive scenes, available for streaming and digital download at

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Parsons, the acclaimed engineer, musician, and record producer, was involved the production of several legendary albums, including The Beatles' Abbey Road and Let It Be, as well as Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, which earned him his first of many Grammy nominations. He has worked as an engineer and producer on countless hit albums for Paul McCartney & Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Pilot, Al Stewart, the Hollies, and many others. With Eric Woolfson, Parsons co-founded the Alan Parsons Project, famous for its revolving group of studio musicians and vocalists, and its Platinum albums and singles, including Games People Play and Eye in the Sky.

The Art and Science Of Sound Recording is an eight-hour collection of training videos produced by Parsons that gives viewers his exclusive insider access to legendary musicians, producers and engineers and to their award-winning recording techniques.

Featured guests include Jack Joseph Puig, John Fields, Elliot Scheiner, Jack Douglas, Tony Brown, Chuck Ainlay, Sylvia Massey, Jimmy Douglass, Allen Sides, Michael McDonald, Taylor Hawkins and the Foo Fighters. The Art and Science of Sound Recording series also invites viewers into Parsons' personal custom HD recording facility and some of the country’s most acclaimed recording studios, such as Ocean Way, Record One, Sound Kitchen, Blackbird, Phantom Recording and Henson Recording Studios (formerly A&M).

The series traces the recording process from the beginning principles of studio acoustics all the way to the final mix of a new album, shown being tracked live. Everything in the recording process is closely studied, from studio equipment and instruments to individual techniques, and even individual applications, such as simultaneous recording of acoustic guitar and voice, or recording a choir.

Supported by extensive musical examples, custom diagrams, and interview clips, The Art & Science of Sound Recording takes a classic approach to recording and listening—followed by informed experimentation—and shows how this approach can live in the modern DAW-based environment.

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Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons hosts and presents the entire project, aided by actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton, who takes on the role of narrator throughout.

The next valuable series of six scenes will be available for download in January, followed by the final scenes for download just ahead of the release of the complete DVD boxed set in February.

Visit to download the first six scenes, take the recording quiz to win free downloads, and learn about premium membership packages, which offer exclusive bonus materials. For a limited time, visitors can pre-order their copy of the complete boxed set at a discount.

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