On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles will feature a keynote address from Alan Parsons, the acclaimed engineer, musician, and record producer. The address will be part of the convention’s opening ceremonies, Thursday, October 9, 1:00pm – 2:00 pm (Room 403 AB). In his Keynote address, Mr. Parsons will provide his unique insights on the current and future direction of the music and recording industry from his singular perspective of success and experience throughout the history of popular music.
Parsons has been involved in the production of several legendary albums throughout his career. He was fortunate enough to work as assistant engineer on the final two albums by The Beatles, and after he qualified as a fully-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work with Paul McCartney, The Hollies and many others. But it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side of the Moon that really got him worldwide attention and earned him his first of many GRAMMY® nominations. That soon led to striking successes as a producer – notably with Pilot's “Magic,” John Miles’ “Highfly” and Steve Harley’s “Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)”. He also produced the hugely successful Year of the Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with American progressive rock band Ambrosia. With Eric Woolfson, Parsons co-founded The Alan Parsons Project, famous for its revolving group of studio musicians and vocalists and its platinum albums and singles, including “Games People Play” and “Eye in the Sky.”
Additionally, he developed The Art and Science of Sound Recording, a definitive collection of training videos presented by Parsons, which gives viewers his exclusive insider access to legendary musicians, producers and engineers and their award-winning recording techniques. A companion book (published by Hal Leonard) based on this acclaimed video series is being formally launched at AES137.
Alan has come full circle and is back in his role as producer and engineer, both at his own Santa Barbara studio and other studios internationally. In 2012, Alan produced an album called Grand Ukulele with virtuoso ukulele player Jake Shimabukuro. A collaboration with Steven Wilson as engineer and associate producer resulted in the album The Raven That Refused to Sing (And Other Stories) in 2013, hailed as a major success and reaching Top 5 on the album charts in Germany.
AES Executive Director Bob Moses stated, “Alan Parsons has a massive influence on modern record production, audio engineering, mixing and other disciplines. We are honored to welcome him as our keynote speaker during our opening ceremonies.”