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TEDxConejo 2012 - Alan Parsons - Has Art Become Science?

The producer, engineer and recording artist Alan Parsons' latest venture is an instructional series about recording called The Art And Science Of Sound Recording. "All Our Yesterdays," a song written especially for the series, features some of LA's finest musicians and a rare performance by Alan on lead vocals. As soon as Alan landed a job at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London at the age of 19, it became clear that the world of sound recording was to dominate his career. He was fortunate enough to work as assistant engineer on the last two albums by The Beatles and after he qualified as a fully-fledged recording engineer, he went on to work with Paul McCartney and The Hollies among many others.It was Alan's contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side OF The Moon that really got him world attention. His most notable successes were with Pilot's Magic, John Miles' Highfly and Music and Steve Harley's (Come Up And See Me) Make Me Smile. He also produced the Year Of The Cat album with Al Stewart and two albums with American progressive rock band Ambrosia.In 1975 he met Eric Woolfson who became his manager and also joined forces with Alan as a songwriting and performing partner for what became known as The Alan Parsons Project. The APP's debut album, Tales Of Mystery And Imagination based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe paved the way for a signing to Clive Davis' newly launched Arista label and a string of hit albums, including: I Robot (1977), Pyramid (1978), The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980), Eye in the Sky (1982), Ammonia Avenue (1984), Vulture Culture (1985), Stereotomy (1986) and Gaudi (1987).With his long-standing previous APP collaborators, guitarist Ian Bairnson, drummer Stuart Elliott and orchestral arranger Andrew Powell, Alan dropped the "Project" identity for Alan Parsons - Try Anything Once in 1994. The partnership continued for On Air in 1996 and The Time Machine in 1999. During this time the first incarnation of "Alan Parsons Live Project" toured to sell-out audiences throughout the globe. Following Alan's relocation to California, a new Live Project band was formed in 2003. One of the most familiar Project tracks is Sirius, perhaps best known as the Chicago Bulls theme and more recently as walk-on music for The New Orleans Saints Super Bowl win in 2010. TEDx In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxConejo, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxConejo event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. For more information, visit TEDxConejoWelcome to TEDxConejo, the Conejo Valley's forum for ideas worth sharing. Now in its 3rd year and produced in association with the Conejo Valley Unified School District, TEDxConejo is an exciting community of thinkers, and doers, interested and interesting people of all ages and backgrounds. Each year hundreds gather for a day of stimulating short talks and engaging discussion. The program is as diverse as the interests of the audience. More information at
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