sábado, 24 de diciembre de 2016

Alan Parson cumplio 68 años

Alan Parsons es un ingeniero de sonido y músico inglés. Nació el 20 de diciembre de 1948 en Londres, Reino Unido. De niño, Alan Parsons mostró un gran talento musical. Aprendió a tocar el piano, la guitarra y la flauta. Su pasión por la música le llevó a ser ingeniero de grabación en los estudios EMI y más tarde en los estudios Abbey Road en donde participó como asistente de grabación en el álbum "Abbey Road" (1969) de los Beatles y en el último álbum del grupo, "Let It Be". Como curiosidad, en la última aparición pública de los Beatles en la azotea de un edificio londinense, mientras interpretaban "Get Back" se puede ver como Parsons está realizando las labores de técnico de sonido. Su relación con EMI fue larga, al mismo tiempo que trabajaba con Paul McCartney. Tras la separación de los Beatles, Parsons fue el ingeniero de sonido en grabaciones de los Wings tales como "Red Rose Speedway" "Hi Hi Hi" y "C Moon". En esos años también trabajó con los Hollies en temas como "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother", y "The Air That I Breathe" y con otros grupos musicales, como Pink Floyd, con quienes colaboró en el exitoso álbum The Dark Side of the Moon, trabajo por el que fue nominado al premio Grammy como ingeniero de sonido. Destaca también su mezcla cuadrafónica del disco, aunque no es muy conocida. Según muchos, es mejor que el mix de James Guthrie, que realizó durante los años 2002 y 2003 para el SACD que recordaba su aniversario número 30. Su decisión de entrar en el área de la producción resultó en una sucesión de éxitos interpretados por “Pilot”, “Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel”, “John Miles”, y “Al Stewart”. Con todo el éxito alcanzado, Alan Parsons se animó a entrar en el negocio musical. En el comedor, un día de 1974 en los estudios Abbey Road conoció a Eric Woolfson, entonces un pianista de sesión que había preparado durante mucho tiempo un homenaje musical a las obras de Edgar Allan Poe, que, un año después, quedaría bajo el nombre de Tales Of Mystery And Imagination. Eric ayudaría a Alan a darle dirección a su carrera como artista. Aunque empezaron a modo de empresa, rápidamente procedieron a componer conjuntamente, tomando forma el The Alan Parsons Project. La idea que lo convirtió en un proyecto: un foro en el que se mezclaba una amplia gama de cantantes y músicos de respaldo, que interpretaban la pulida y austera música de Parsons y Woolfson. El rol de Parsons es comparable al que un director o productor desempeña en las películas o en la televisión, co-creando el concepto, co-componiendo la música y contratando a artistas, mientras Woolfson es el hombre de la inspiración, cantando también en muchas de las composiciones. A esto se agrega la presencia de Andrew Powell, quien se sumó al proyecto en 1976 como arreglista. Aportó en temas como "The Fall Of The House Of Usher" y compuso otros como "Total Eclipse". Su entrada en la televisión fue por medio de un programa llamado “London Calling”, que después se convertiría en un programa regular de MTV, posteriormente ayudó a crear el canal musical de cable Music Box. Después del periodo "The Alan Parsons Project" llega el "divorcio artístico" entre Parsons y Woolfson, causado por las sugerencias de Andrew Lloyd Webber, al querer convertir en una obra teatral el que hubiera sido su undécimo álbum, Freudiana. No obstante, Alan Parsons presenta en 1993 "Try Anything Once", un álbum cuyo concepto trata de no tener justamente un concepto. Tras esta nueva presentación retornaría a los álbumes conceptuales con "On Air", lanzado en 1996; "Time Machine" en 1999, y finalmente "A Valid Path", en agosto de 2004. La música de Alan Parsons tomó una nueva dirección adentrándose en el sonido electrónico. Su último trabajo de estudio "A Valid Path", incluye colaboraciones en prácticamente todos sus temas, con artistas como David Gilmour, The Crystal Method, Shpongle, The Nortec Collective y Uberzone. Alan Parsons ha recibido diez nominaciones al Grammy por la ingeniería de grabación y la producción de sus discos. Juntamente con Eric, paralelamente a la realización de The Turn Of A Friendly Card, prepararon un disco llamado The Sicilian Defence, si bien nunca salió a la venta. Era su "golpe sobre la mesa", para satisfacer de la manera más rápida posible la demanda del contrato que tenían en aquel entonces. The Sicilian Defence fue grabado y mezclado en tan sólo tres días. En la actualidad, además de grabar y tocar en vivo, Alan Parsons produce para otros artistas, compone bandas sonoras de películas, además de tener su propia compañía que se dedica a la mejora de la calidad de sonido en cine y televisión. De hecho se ha convertido en un referente del sonido envolvente 5.1, por trabajos como los de On Air. En 2010 lanzó un documental en DVD, "The Art And Science Of Sound Recording", que trata de explicar al público su notoria habilidad como ingeniero de sonido. Trabajó en colaboración con otros músicos e ingenieros, dando como resultado un single llamado "All Our Yesterdays", en la que Alan tiene la voz principal. Según sus propias palabras, «La industria está cambiando y siento la necesidad de llegar a una audiencia diferente manteniendo mi identidad musical. La música electrónica es la categoría de mayor crecimiento en este momento y me gusta trabajar con nuevas personas y nuevas tecnologías.» En diciembre de 2013 lanzó al mercado un nuevo single, "Fragile". Parsons declaró que, si llega a tener éxito, lanzarán un nuevo álbum de estudio.


Alan Parsons (born 20 December 1948) is an English audio engineer, songwriter, musician, and record producer. He was involved with the production of several significant albums, including the Beatles' Abbey Road and Let It Be, and the art rock band Ambrosia's debut album Ambrosia as well as Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon for which Pink Floyd credit him as an important contributor. Parsons' own group, the Alan Parsons Project, as well as his subsequent solo recordings, have also been successful commercially. In October 1967, at the age of 18, Parsons went to work as an assistant engineer at Abbey Road Studios, where he earned his first credit on the LP Abbey Road. He became a regular there, engineering such projects as Paul McCartney's Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway, five albums by the Hollies, and Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, for which he received his first Grammy Award nomination. He was known for doing more than what would normally be considered the scope of a recording engineer's duties.[citation needed] He considered himself to be a recording director, likening his contribution to recordings to what Stanley Kubrick contributed to film.[citation needed] This is apparent in his work with Al Stewart's "Year of the Cat", where Parsons added the saxophone part and transformed the original folk concept into the jazz-influenced ballad that put Al Stewart onto the charts.[citation needed] It is also heard in Parsons' influence on the Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" and "The Air That I Breathe", sharp departures from their popular 1960s hits "Stay", "Just One Look", "Stop! Stop! Stop!" or "Bus Stop".[citation needed] Parsons was also known to have swapped shifts during the engineering of Dark Side of the Moon so he could work entirely on the project.[citation needed] Parsons also produced three albums by Pilot, a Scottish pop rock band consisting of Ian Bairnson on guitar, Stuart Tosh on drums, and David Paton on lead vocals, guitars, bass and William (Billy) Lyall, on piano and keys. Their hits included "January" and "Magic". He also mixed the debut album by the American band Ambrosia and produced their second album Somewhere I've Never Travelled. Parsons was nominated for a Grammy Award for both of these albums.[2] In 1975, he declined Pink Floyd's invitation to come back and work on the follow-up for "Dark Side," Wish You Were Here, and instead initiated the Alan Parsons Project with producer and songwriter (and occasional singer) Eric Woolfson, whom he had met at Abbey Road. The Project consisted of a revolving group of studio musicians and vocalists, most notably the members of Pilot and (on the first album) the members of Ambrosia. Unlike most rock groups, the Alan Parsons Project never performed live during its heyday, although it did release several music videos. Its only live performance during its original incarnation was in 1990, with Woolfson present but behind the scenes. After releasing ten albums, the last in 1987, the Project terminated in 1990 after Parsons and Woolfson split, with the Project's intended 11th album released that year as a Woolfson solo album. Parsons continued to release work in his own name and in collaboration with other musicians. Parsons and his band now regularly tour many parts of the world. Although an accomplished vocalist, keyboardist, bassist, guitarist and flautist, Parsons only sang infrequent and incidental parts on his albums. While his keyboard playing was very audible on the Alan Parsons Project albums, very few recordings feature his flute. During the late 1990s, Parsons' career travelled an interesting full circle. Having started out in the music industry at the Abbey Road Studios in London as an assistant engineer in the late 1960s, he briefly returned to run the studio in its entirety. He reportedly managed to combine this role with the demands of a hectic performing and recording schedule. Parsons also continued with his selective production work for other bands. Of all his collaborators, guitarist Ian Bairnson worked with Parsons the longest, including Parsons' post-Woolfson albums, Try Anything Once, On Air, and The Time Machine. In 1998, Parsons became Vice-President of EMI Studios Group including the Abbey Road Studios. He soon left the post, deciding to return to more creative endeavours. Parsons remained as a creative consultant and associate producer for the group. As well as receiving gold and platinum awards from many nations, Parsons has received ten Grammy Award nominations for engineering and production. In 2007 he received a nomination for Best Surround Sound Album for A Valid Path. Beginning in 2001 and extending for four years, Parsons conceived and led a Beatles tribute show called A Walk Down Abbey Road featuring a group of headlining performers such as Todd Rundgren, Ann Wilson of Heart, John Entwistle of the Who, and Jack Bruce of Cream. The show structure included a first set where all musicians assembled to perform each other's hits, and a second set featuring all Beatles songs. Since 1999 he has toured under a revised name, the Alan Parsons Live Project (with Woolfson's permission). The band currently features lead singer P.J. Olsson, guitarist Alastair Greene, drummer Danny Thompson, keyboardist Manny Focarazzo, keyboardist Tom Brooks, bass guitarist Guy Erez, vocalist and saxophonist Todd Cooper, and guitarist and vocalist Dan Tracey.[citation needed] This band performed live in Colombia in 2013 as Alan Parsons Symphonic Project in a performance recorded for Colombian television and also released on CD (live 2-CD) and DVD (May 2016). In May 2005, Parsons appeared at the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, California, to mix front-of-house sound for Southern California-based Pink Floyd tribute band Which One's Pink? and their performance of The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. In 2010, Parsons released his single "All Our Yesterdays" through Authentik Artists.[4] Parsons also launched a DVD educational series in 2010 titled The Art and Science of Sound Recording ("ASSR") on music production and the complete audio recording process. The single "All Our Yesterdays" was written and recorded during the making of ASSR. The series, narrated by Billy Bob Thornton, gives detailed tutorials on virtually every aspect of the sound recording process. Individual sections of the series are also being released in batches and are available to stream or download at www.artandscienceofsound.com. During 2010, several media reports, one of which included a quote from a representative of Parsons, alleged that the song "Need You Now" by country music group Lady Antebellum used the melody and arrangement of "Eye in the Sky." Parsons produced Jake Shimabukuro's album, Grand Ukulele, which was released on 2 October 2012. Also in 2012, he contributed lead vocals and performed keyboards and guitar on the track "Precious Life" by German electronic music duo Lichtmond, and appeared with many other noted progressive-rock musicians on The Prog Collective album by Billy Sherwood, singing lead on "The Technical Divide." Parsons engineered the third solo album by Steven Wilson, The Raven that Refused to Sing (And Other Stories), released on 25 February 2013. In late 2013, a live album with the title Live Span was released, accompanied by a single called "Fragile" with Simon Philips on drums.

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