Visit Abbey Road Studios
During a recent trip to London, I had the chance to visit the factory of the famous loudspeaker company B&W. They asked me if I would like to do a tour too Abbey Road Studios.
Yes. Yes I would like.
And I did. It was awesome and I have pictures.
This is the first of three behind the scenes tours I took on my recent trip to the UK. See alsoand .
Abbey Road is probably the most famous recording studio in the world. The artists who have recorded there read like a who’s who of the great groups of the 20th and 21st centuries: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Adele, Queen, Oasis, Radiohead and many others. The zebra crossing in front was immortalized by Iain Macmillan for the Beatles album cover which gave its name to the studio.
Perhaps shockingly, for a building with such an incredible musical history, it doesn’t look like much from the outside. In fact, it looks like a pretty boring, basic house, which of course it originally was.
It’s surprisingly bigger on the inside, stretching all over the pitch. Inside is one of the largest recording spaces in the world (Studio One), with the iconic Studio Two (where the Beatles recorded most of their catalog) and the smaller but no less important Studio Three (the house of Pink Floyd for “Dark Side of the Moon” and others).
Narrow hallways, stairwells and tiny rooms fill the interstitial spaces, and in many the magic happened as artists pushed the boundaries of what was technically possible, utilized every space they could. to get the sound in their head, on the rolling magnetic tape.
Check out the gallery for the full tour.
My thanks to B&W for setting it up, and to David Allen for his fantastic and informative tour.
As well as covering TV and other display technology, Geoff takes photographic tours of cool museums and locations around the world, including nuclear submarines, massive aircraft carriers, medieval castles, epic 10,000 mile road trips, and more. Check out Tech Treks for all of its tours and adventures.