Throwback Thursday: Abbey Road Studios
In 2005, Jonathan went to the most famous recording studios in the world – Abbey Road Studios. With the likes of The Beatles and Pink Floyd having recorded there, Jonathan tells us what it was like to work there himself.
What project were you working on at Abbey Road?
I was recording a score that I had composed for a big national radio campaign for VUE cinemas.
How did this opportunity come about?
The production company, Radioville, got in touch with me as they had heard some of my work and decided I could give them the big cinematic sound they were after.
How would you describe your experience recording at Abbey Road?
Working at Abbey Road is always an amazing experience, not only because of its incredible heritage (The Beatles and the recording home of countless seminal film scores) but also for the wonderful acoustics. Studio 1, where we recorded, is one of the biggest recording spaces in London and has an epic quality that brings everything to life.
Who did you work with?
I worked with the legendary sound engineer, Dick Lewzey, who engineered most of the classic Bond scores. He’s a true gent and unflappable under pressure – just what you need when you have the clock running with an 80-piece orchestra!
What did you enjoy about working there?
Everything about the experience of working there exudes quality and a sort of other-worldliness… knowing that you are treading the same carpet (and faders!) as the world’s biggest and best film composers is a feeling that’s hard to describe. A privilege, for sure.