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Alan Parsons at USC

Strengthening ASSR’s ties with music and recording technology institutions, on Nov 5th & 6th 2011 students at the USC Thornton Popular Music Program in Los Angeles will get to work with Alan Parsons at the prestigious Village Studios in West LA.

Over two days Alan will discuss his recording and production career and then conduct a recording session of an original song performed by some of the students. This session will provide a hands-on learning experience for students and introduce fundamental recording, arranging, production, and mixing techniques.

Chris Sampson, Associate Dean and Director of the Popular Music at USC Thornton, says the opportunity for students to work with Alan Parsons is unique. “Alan Parsons is one of the most highly regarded producers in music,” says Sampson. “Our students will have the chance to work directly with him and learn from one of the greats.”

These sessions are part of a required class for Popular Music majors at USC called the Popular Music Forum. Popular Music Forum is a guest artist series designed to give insights into the music industry and profession. Other guest artists who are a part of the course this fall include Fred Wreck (producer with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg), Glenn Frey (co-founder of the Eagles), Linda Perry (hit songwriter and producer), Trevor Rabin (film composer), Tena Clark (CEO of DMI Music and Media Solutions), Darrell Brown (hit songwriter and producer), and Tom Johnston (co-founder of the Doobie Brothers).

USC Thornton’s Popular Music Program is unique within the music conservatory model and created as a rich multi-disciplinary hub for rock, pop, R&B, folk, Latin, and country artists. Set within the vibrant creative center of Los Angeles, the program ushers students into all the facets of the pop music scene, and the Forum is an integral part of that goal.

More at www.usc.edu/music, or call (213) 740-3233.

“It’s vital that university programs try to connect with the real world of music and recording technology,” says ASSR producer Julian Colbeck. ”In Los Angeles it’s great to see USC taking advantage of their location and actively involving people who have already achieved so much in this industry. Acknowledging the past–in a time when music also had a business attached to it–strikes me as a very positive move towards ensuring that students enrolled in these types of program actually have a future.”

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Alan Parsons on BBC, Rolling Stone Interview and Pink Floyd

Dateline: October 3rd 2011:

• Alan Parsons has joined in on the recent celebrations for Pink Floyd's anniversary of Dark Side Of The Moon. He will be featured on two BBC programmers this week. First, catch him on Friday at 1 P.M. PST during The Record Producers, followed by another appearance at 2:30 P.M. PST on The Producers Playlist.

Rolling Stone has published an interview about the Pink Floyd reissue project: Alan Parsons on 'Dark Side': 'Roger Knew Something Great Was in the Making'

• The original console used for Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon is featured in the Consoles & Controllers section of ASSR. Catch a rare glimpse of the legendary mixing desk and watch Alan Parsons recount his experiences with the console. Learn more about the ASSR Consoles & Controllers section, available now for streaming and download.

Sellout Master Class, DVD and Live Show in Bogota

Dateline: September 21st 2011:

Everything sold out for Alan Parsons’ flying visit to Bogota, Colombia, Sept 15/16 2011, including all copies of the ASSR DVD set. One final copy, held back for auction (proceeds going to sponsor Hermes Music Fundacion), went for more than half a million Colombian pesos, roughly twice the DVD set’s full list price.

Attendance for the Master Class, held at the Centro Cultural Teatro Municipal, home to the IDARTES arts organization, exceeded 800 and the event kicked off with a surprise number from the complete Alan Parsons Live Project. After watching the DVD set’s introductory Section in Spanish the audience was treated to a fascinating discussion on recording techniques – classic and modern – from Alan and panel of inquisitors that included Hector Buitrago from the #1 Colombian pop outfit Aterciopelados and top local recording engineer Mauricio Ramirez.

Alan was later joined on stage by another local legend, Vamsi, with his unique double-neck nylon string plus 12-string steel guitar with which Alan conducted a series of live experiments on different acoustic guitar miking techniques.

The two-hour event came to an official close with a lively Q&A session before Alan personally auctioned off the remaining copy of the ASSR DVD set in front of a highly enthusiastic crowd.

The following night saw a full (and sellout) concert with the Alan Parsons Live Project supported by the somewhat appropriately named Patricio Stiglich Project.

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The Alan Parsons Master Class Training Session, in conjunction with the Alan Parsons Live Project band fly south in September to Bogota, Colombia for a whistle stop concert and Level 1 MCTS at “IDARTES” INSTITUTO DISTRITAL DE LAS ARTES at the University Of Bogota.

The presentation, to some 500 recording arts students at one of the Colombia's most prestigious universities is expected to generate some challenging questions since Colombia, along with several other South American countries is, putting considerable resources into both music and music technology education, producing an increasingly skilled new generation of musicians, orchestras, engineers, and recording professionals.

Event Info

Attendees got to look, listen, learn and even perform with Alan Parsons at the action-packed Master Class Training Session on July 22-23 at the prestigious Village Studios in Los Angeles.

The two-day event was based around the recording of a brand new song Do You Live At All< from Alan Parsons and writing partners P.J. Olsson and Guy Erez.

The dream team of musicians included Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Nathan East (bass), Rami Jaffee (keys), Michael Thompson (guitar) and singer P.J. Olsson.

Sixteen Attendees participated in every aspect of the recording from setting mics on the drums to EQ-ing the grand piano. Nathan East demonstrated his new four figure instrument cables, Rami and Alan traded Leslie miking stories, Vinnie discussed studio playing dynamics and showed his beautiful vintage Gretsch kit in detail, and Michael Thompson wowed everyone with his giant, blinking recording rack and pedal array.

With the live tracking session in the bag Day 1 concluded with overdubs including grand piano, electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, and percussion.

Day 2 began with vocals; Alan Parsons demonstrating a number of recording techniques including the singer monitoring the track on speakers and how to use reversed phase to reduce spill into the mic. With lead and backing vocals completed Alan led all the Attendees into the studio to record a choir track. “You guys sounded really, really good,” he pronounced at the reception in The Village’s theater at the end of the event.

The working section of Day 2 continued with the mix, preceded by a fascinating demo from JCF Audio about their new Audio AD8 converter on sale at Vintage King

A total of 64 tracks had been recorded by the end of the session and Attendees got to take home not only the stereo mix but also a copy of the multitrack ProTools session.

The chance to observe a recording session with Alan Parsons and A-list musicians would have been special enough. The Master Class Training Session in Los Angeles went several steps further, letting Attendees actually “Make A Record” with Alan Parsons – including being recorded by him! Throughout the event, Alan gave a running commentary on each procedure.

Discussions for future Master Class Training Sessions are already in the works including the possibility of a follow-up to this event comprising a scientific study of mixing in-the-box and hands-on-with-hardware, conducted and studied side by side; looking not only at the audio results but also the psychological impact of the two approaches.

For complete information about this event please visit
www.artandscienceofsound.com/mcts-la

Event Sponsors

Vintage King Audio is the largest purveyor of high-end new and vintage recording equipment in the world. www.vintageking.com.   

Audio-Technica, producers of award-winning microphones and headphones for over 50 years. www.audio-technica.com

Universal Audio producers of studio processing tools including software emulations of classic designs from the legendary Bill Putnam. www.uaudio.com

Yamaha is the world’s largest producer of musical equipment silent violins, portable music recorders to state-of-the-art digital consoles. www.yamaha.com