Wednesday 7 December 2016

Abbey Road Studios brought to life in virtual reality tour

Published 31/03/2016 | 00:06

Abbey Road Studios in London is one of the world's most famous recording studios
Abbey Road Studios in London is one of the world's most famous recording studios

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

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The recording studio in London has teamed up with Google Play to create the musical landmark interactive, 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, the son of Beatles producer Sir George Martin.

Participants will then be able to move around at their own leisure exploring the hidden treasures, such as Studio 3's mirrored drum room where chart-toppers such as Tony Bennett and Amy Winehouse have recorded.

Or on to one of Abbey Road's mastering suites, where a record is given its finishing touches by the engineers before it is released.

They can even discover what it is like to be in a recording session in Studio 1 with the London Symphony Orchestra, complete with surround sound.

Last year an interactive walk-through inside Abbey Road was launched with Google, which included the use of 360 degree panoramic photos, allowing users to discover through the click of a mouse what really goes on behind the doors.

Abbey Road Studios' managing director Isabel Garvey said: "Abbey Road is an extraordinary place that has been instrumental in creating some of the most iconic music in the world, from famous film scores to classic pop albums.

"We were delighted to collaborate with Google last year and open our doors to give fans everywhere unprecedented access to the studios and the stories behind them for the first time.

"Now our latest step with them is pushing those boundaries even further with the addition of Google Cardboard.

"With this incredible virtual reality technology, music lovers will be fully immersed in the sights and sounds of Abbey Road in a way we never could have imagined."

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

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

"The artists using the studios have sold countless millions of records and have helped create popular culture as we know it today. It's an inspirational place and an honour for me to work there today.

"This collaboration with Google gives the outside world a great insight into the everyday workings of the studio and allows anyone to glimpse the magic that goes on inside the world's most famous recording studio."

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