Geoff Emerick - Abbey Road Recording Engineer Sept 27, 2009 19:24:17 GMT -5
Post by yerblues1968 on Sept 27, 2009 19:24:17 GMT -5
Geoff Emerick (born 1946 in London)
GEOFF EMERICK BIOGRAPHY
In 1962 at the age of 15, Geoff landed his dream job as an assistant recording engineer at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London. On his 2nd day there, Emerick was present for the Beatles first recording session.
The Beatles made an indelible impression on young Geoff Emerick because of the way John & Paul confronted George Martin, insisting on recording a song they had written themselves Love Me Do rather than How Do You Do It which was picked for them by George Martin.
At the age of 19, Geoff Emerick would be promoted to full engineer, charged with recording the group’s groundbreaking album Revolver. As he and the band pushed the limits of recording technology, he pioneered methods that created a new signature sound for the Beatles.
Brian Epstein with George Martin and
Geoff Emerick at Abbey Road Studios.
When John told George Martin “I want my voice to sound like the Dalia Lama singing from the highest mountain top”, it was Geoff who came up with the idea of running John’s voice through the rotating Leslie speaker in a Hammond Organ (see In the Studio Tomorrow Never Knows for complete details). From his innovative use of tape loops and vocal distortion (on Tomorrow Never Knows) and backwards recording (I’m Only Sleeping) to forging new microphone techniques for Ringo’s drums and Paul’s bass, Emerick’s work would change the art of sound recording.
A year later the bar would be raised further still as he and the group recorded what any have called the greatest album of all time: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Geoff left EMI to join the Beatles at Apple Recording Studio in 1969. After the dissolution of the group, he continued to engineer for Paul McCartney and Wings, as well as artists like Elvis Costello, America, Jeff Beck and art Garfunkel. He has won four Grammys.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
On his initial meeting with the Beatles and his impression of who the leader of the band was: “Then there was the bass player. He was not only the most conventionally handsome of the four but he was the most friendly and engaging. He was clearly the most interested in how the recording sounded.
Though he didn’t raise his voice like the lead singer did (John), I had the impression that he was the leader of the group. When he spoke, the others listened intently and invariably nodded their heads in agreement, and before each take, he was the one urging them to give it their all.
Looking back on it now, it’s funny how most people thought John as the leader of the Beatles. It might have been his band in the beginning, and he might have assumed the leadership roles in their press conferences and public appearances, but throughout all the years I would work with them, it always seemed to me that Paul, the soft spoken bass player, was the real leader of the group, and that nothing got done unless he approved of it.”