woensdag 29 juni 2011

.... with Paul & Orchestra

Paul conducts a 40-piece orchestra during the sessions for 'A Day In The Life' in studio 1, February 1967.

The orchestra was instructed to play 24 bars starting at the lowest note they could play, and ending with an E-major chord. "And whatever you do, don't listen to the fellow next to you because I don't want you to be doing the same thing" told producer George Martin them. The orchestra couldn't understand what George was talking about, or why they were being paid to go from one note to another in 24 bars. It didn't make any sense to them because they were all classically trained.

The orchestra was recorded 4 times and then mixed down to one, so as a result you hear 160 musicians playing.

woensdag 15 juni 2011

... with Paul & John mixing

Paul McCartney & John Lennon & George Martin mixing the White Album (photo by Linda McCartney).

Additional info provided by henry_the_horse:

30th July 1968, 7.30 p.m. to 3.30 am of the following day, E.M.I. Control Room Two. Recording session for 'Hey Jude' (takes 7 to 23) and mono mixing. 

Lennon, McCartney and Martin monitor the playback of the recording while, in the background, tape operator John Smith commands the J37 4-track machine. Lennon is adding chamber echo to track 3, McCartney is controlling the volume of track 3, while Martin is controlling master volume of output 1 (the output usually employed for mono mixing).