Dark Side of the Moon, Bright side of sound engineering

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Ever wondered where your degree in Music Production and Sound Technology will take you? Well it seems that if you’ve got the talent, training and sheer good fortune of working with artists that are abundantly gifted, you just might end up in as unpredictable and revered a location as the US Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

Every year the registry selects 25 recordings that are deemed to be culturally, artistically and historically important enough to seal their place in history.

Among the inductees for 2012 were ‘Saturday Night Fever’ by the Bee Gees (the 1977 soundtrack for the movie Grease), ‘The Twist’ by Chubby Checker (1960) and  ‘Ramones’ by The Ramones (1976).

However, the recording that received the greatest number of nominations was Pink Floyd’s 1973 masterpiece ‘Dark Side of the Moon’. The National Recording Preservation Board praised the band’s use of ‘technological innovations’ and ‘unusual effects’ in representing the album’s many concepts. According to the board: ‘“The Dark Side of the Moon” is an example of brilliant, innovative production in service of the music’.

Recorded between 1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in London, the album featured analogue synthesisers, tape loops and multi-track recording. The record was engineered by Tony Parsons and much of the its sonic innovations have been attributed to him.

To see the full list of inductees, click here.  To set out on an attempt at getting your own work inducted at some point in the future, have a look at the list of courses in Music Technology and Production on gotocollege.ie!


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