Meeting Topic: Recording The Beatles
Moderator Name: John Krivit
Speaker Name: Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan, Authors of the Book, Recording the Beatles
Meeting Location: Rabb Lecture Hall at the Boston Public Library
Response was so overwhelming that security at the Boston Public Library were forced to close the doors and turn away many that arrived too late but for the 368 plus who got seats in the Rabb Lecture Hall, it was an evening of delights. Authors of the seminal book Recording The Beatles, Brian Kehew and Kevin Ryan put on an informative evening presentation discussing the countless hours of research and interviews required to deliver their work of history. The evening's moderator, John Krivit, an Associate Professor at The New England Institute of Art, pointed out how significant the book is to an understanding of the process of Music Recording. "45 years ago each piece of equipment did essentially one thing only so this was really instructive to the many students of Audio who attended from NEIA, Emerson, Bay State College, UMASS Lowell and the Berklee College of Music."
Kehew and Ryan played some interesting examples of how the Fab Four used techniques like varispeed to achieve results in the studio beyond their playing abilities.
The book has been hailed by the New York Times with the accolades "Magni?cently produced...everything you could possibly want to know about the equipment used at Abbey Road
Studios when the Beatles worked there, and...how the group made its classic recordings."
This event, co-sponsored by the Student Chapter at the New England Institute of Art and the Professional Boston Chapter was attended by a huge number of non-members who the organizers hope will find interest in joining the AES.