Abbey Road Studios come to life in a virtual reality tour

Music fans can now experience what it feels like and feels like inside the famed Abbey Road Studios with a virtual reality tour.

he recording studio in London has partnered with Google Play to create the interactive music landmark, called Inside Abbey Road for Cardboard.

Using a Cardboard viewer and a downloadable smartphone app, enthusiasts will begin the experience with a historical guided virtual tour, narrated by Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer Sir George Martin.

Attendees can then roam as they please as they explore hidden gems, such as Studio 3’s mirrored drum room where chart-toppers such as Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse have recorded.

Or in one of Abbey Road’s mastering suites, where a disc is fine-tuned by engineers before release.

They can even experience what it’s like to be in a recording session in Studio 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra, with surround sound.

Last year, an interactive tour inside Abbey Road was launched with Google, which included the use of 360-degree panoramic photos, allowing users to experience what’s really going on behind them with the click of a mouse. the doors.

Abbey Road Studios Managing Director Isabel Garvey said: “Abbey Road is an amazing place that has been instrumental in creating some of the world’s most iconic music, from famous film scores to classic pop albums. .

“We were thrilled to partner with Google last year and open our doors to give fans around the world unprecedented access to the studios and the stories behind them for the first time.

“Now our latest step with them pushes those boundaries even further with the addition of Google Cardboard.

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“With this incredible virtual reality technology, music lovers will be completely immersed in the sights and sounds of Abbey Road in ways we could never have imagined.”

Artists who have recorded at the studios include The Beatles, Oasis and Kanye West, while Star Wars and Harry Potter film scores have also been recorded there.

Giles Martin, producer of artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, said: “Abbey Road Studios has been a hive of creativity and a source of world-class recordings for over 80 years.

“The artists who use the studios have sold countless millions of records and helped create popular culture as we know it today. It’s an inspiring place and an honor for me to work there today. .

“This collaboration with Google gives the outside world a great insight into the day-to-day workings of the studio and allows anyone to glimpse the magic that takes place inside the world’s most famous recording studio.”

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