Meeting Topic: Tom Dowd & The Language of Music
Moderator Name: Jimmy Naron
Speaker Name: Jim Naron
Other business or activities at the meeting: Bluebird Mic Raffle, Bryan Nuemeister,
Meeting Location: Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences 1205 N. Fiesta Blvd Gilbert Az 85233
This week we watched a movie on the journey of Tom Dowd. Unlike a majority of his fellow engineers, he was a nuclear physicist who was a part of the Manhattan project. He had a helping hand developing the atom bomb during world war two. His job was to supervise the radiation detection team under him. After his involvement with the bomb he later wanted to continue his degree in physics, however the academic education that was being taught at the time was not up to date with what he had been working on, and so he found no other reason to pursue it. He later found a job, hired as an audio engineer for atlantic records.
While attending atlantic records he adapted the music industry with by designing an 8 track console. He also developed the linear channel faders instead of the rotary knobs, on mixing consoles. He worked with many other famous artist as well like, Ray Charles, The Drifters, Ruth Brown, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ron Stewart, Diana Ross, The Eagles and many more. Tom Dowd became very well known by many engineers as a top notch producer. He had passion for what he did, mainly because he was able to work with so many different artist from a variety of diverse musical backgrounds.
Written By: Jim Naron