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You are listening to insight on CAP radio I’m Randall White in today for Beth react musician Alan Parsons is a big name in many circles people of my generation would remember him from huge hits including eye in the sky. But he did a lot of behind the scenes work too with big players like Pink Floyd , and Paul McCartney ABS Dennis New Hall spoke with Alan Parsons last week about a new album and tour , he started by asking Allen why he decided to work with session musicians rather than forming a band with permanent members .
It’s really stems from the fact that I grew up in the industry has an engineer and then as a result of that , a producer , I mean it’s nice of you to refer to me , has a musician , but really I’m I’m just a guitar Strummer in the band who does a bit of singing. That’s something I never really thought I would do , but it just seems like a good idea at the time to continue my production role but with with very good players and along with Eric it Wolfson who who was the principal songwriter we just decided that it would be a recording outfit only not at not alive was that the the lie that didn’t come until the mid ’90s we’ll wait way after which made our last album .
What led you to want to take it out on the road.
Just completed an album under my own name without Eric and we just thought that we , we could support that album live by playing the catalog music along with the new with the new music that was try anything once it was in 1994 once we’d started doing it. I mean , I I I was really quite surprised at the reaction we , we’ve got , we you know people seem to love the project songs and I really regretted not having not having done it sooner .
What can we expect on stage where we hear in concert. Well , we , we tried to .
Represent you know as many of the of the hits as we can. I mean you know I use the word hit a sort of in a in a loose sense because we didn’t , we never really were considered a singles band but there were , there were certain favorite songs on each album . I mean , for example , I wouldn’t want to be like you and I , Robot and time and games people play from the of Runcorn wouldn’t it you know we we represent all those songs in in the live show .
You’ve got a new album. You’re working on coming out when I’m delivering end of .
Toga the the label is an Italian label frontiers records and they’re planning. I think for March-April of next year .
Can you talk about what we can expect it’s it’s certainly.
Going back towards the the style of the of of the Parsons Project has opposed to the last time I did which was kind of veering towards experimental UDM but it is yes , then the new album is is in the , in the project vein. I can tell you the title , which is the secret tells you said something more about the album , and the fact that it is a .
Where did you find the musicians to make it. Well , it’s largely the .
The live band you know we’ve , we’ve really got to work well together. You know that they’re very tight unit as abandoned it’s it’s been you know pretty much so all the basic backing tracks had been had been that that the live ban and we’ll be doing some orchestration we’ve already done some some live orchestra as well in a studio in Orange County , with our keyboard player Tom Brooks is a real musician who can you know you can write scores and re-read adults and all that stuff so he’s he’s been a key part of this this .
I understand you’ve built a new studio.
I have. Yes . And that’s , that’s been a real joy because you know the studio had previously was was inside my house and but barely but Daley supposed to swing a cat , they say , but it was a decision that I did not take too easily cause I it costs a lot of money to build a studio and particularly when it’s in a state of the art and it’s the real thing . And so I’m I’m really pleased with it . I’m hoping that when the album’s done I can get some of the money I put into hit by renting it out to to friends and and good people in the industry .
Can you talk a bit about the recording studio experienced today as opposed to the late ’60s when you started , it really hasn’t.
It hasn’t changed that much except that we now have course unlimited tracks. We’re working with hardest recording , you can literally do hundreds of tracks if we choose to do to do so . The media the hard disk recorder totals , whatever you want to call it actually saves time because you you can jump from one song to another and in an in an instant , whereas before you had to rewind the tape take it off , but the new take on wine did it back to the spot . Why did onto the spot where the song is just so much time used to be spent rewinding tape . Just going back to the spot where you were working and punching stuff in it , but it’s is so instant and I’ve actually found it to be time-saving and .
Kind of stuck to my old school ideals of having a band played together so many records these days are made with a loop of some sort. Yeah I I I I like to go and have a band play and and interact with each other so that that hasn’t changed for me .
Alan , I really appreciate you taking the time to talk to us and we’re looking forward to the show at the crest. Thank you .
All right. Must welcome nurse you there .
That’s Alan Parsons talking with K Zappos Dennis New Hall. You can see the Alan Parsons Live project this Sunday at the Crest Theater , we have more on our website at Cap Radio.org/insight and you are listening to incite here on cap radio .
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You’re listening to incite iron cap radio I’m Randall White in for Beth react today and it is the final weekend for SAC open studios. It’s a free event featuring more than 230 local artists we have with us 3 of those artists and you can expect to run into them . The event , hopefully joining us today is Cat hull welcome to incite well no Trina Fernandez and Natalie Valentino . Hello , Chris . Great to have all 3 of you here . Natalie . Let’s start with you . What does your work .
Focus on. Well , I am a visual artist I do a lot of painting and drawing permanent I’ve done print making in the past , I don’t , it’s not very high concept , I like drawing portraits or figurative work , it’s usually surrounded by images of nature , so things that I think are pretty .