Abbey Road Studios is one of the most celebrated music landmarks in the world and thanks to a new partnership with Google, fans can now experience the studio like never before. While most people associate Abbey Road with the Beatles album of the same name, the studio has actually been home to many acts such as Pink Floyd and Oasis along with film scores to Star Wars, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. Since opening in 1931, the studios have pushed the boundaries of music and sound — creating stereo audio — reinventing the recording process at every step. However, until now, the famous crossing was as close as most of us could get to the studios.
For the first time ever, the doors at Abbey Road are open to everyone where fans can explore every nook and cranny of Abbey Road with more than 150 different 360-degree panoramic images, accessible from desktop, mobile and tablets.
As you walk through the studios, you’ll see YouTube videos and archival images from Abbey Road’s history—right where they originally happened. You can also play with pioneering equipment in specially designed interactive gadgets, such as the J37 four-track recorder that was used to record the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Throughout the studios you’ll find more than 30 stories, full of anecdotes and facts about the studios, like the story of Abbey Road engineer Alan Blumlein who went on to invent the concept of stereo audio after a trip to the movies annoyed him because the sound in early cinemas only came from one side of the screen. There’s also an audio tour fans can join in every studio that’s narrated by producer Giles Martin, engineer and Head of Audio Products Mirek Stiles and broadcaster Lauren Laverne.
Inside Abbey Road is part of Google’s broader effort to help people experience worldwide culture and places from wherever they are, whether it’s visiting the Pyramids of Giza in Google Maps or getting up close to the brush strokes of Van Gogh in the Google Art Project.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.