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Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences - August 29, 2013

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At tonights meeting we talked about Tom Dowd and watched 'Tom Dowd and The Language of Music'. Tom Dowd was one of the most influential recording artists of the 20th century. Tom Dowd was born October 20th, 1925, at a young age he excelled in math and physics. In-between the age of 16-20 he worked on the Manhattan Project, and then went on to being a sergeant in the Army overseeing the team of radiation detection specialists for the Atomic Bomb testings. After that he tried to go back to college, instantly receiving a letter from the government stating that the technology he was working on was 10 years in advance from what colleges were teaching and was classified at the time. With that, Tom had the ability to prove all his professors wrong, so he had to keep his mouth shut about the things he was working on and dumb himself down in his classes. This turned him away and led him down the road of audio, starting his career working at Atlantic Records. Some of Tom Dowds most known works are binaural stereo recording, designing the modern fader & designing the 8 track recording system. Some of the artists that Tom Dowd produced and engineered for are: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Cream, Rod Stewart, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Almman Brothers Band, and Eric Clapton. After a lifetime of innovations and respect Tom Dowd passed away October 27, 2002, just a week after his 77th birthday.

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