Introduction: the “Cambrian Explosion” of Studio-Driven Music

Posted: October 6, 2010 in Uncategorized
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1960s music recording studio

LISTEN: Audio Eclecticism Introduction; 3:09

As the 1960s came to a close, the recording studio had become a free-form playground for audio eclecticism for pop and rock as well as experimental music. Funk and Jazz and vocal music collided with the avant-garde, and with each other.

1966 and 1967 were the equivalent of evolution’s “Cambrian Explosion” in terms of recording and arranging techniques, and new music style “phyla.”  In this audioblog, you’ll hear what was going on in the studio, week by week, month by month, 45 years ago.

Our anchor is the creative competition between Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys and John Lennon and Paul McCartney working with producer George Martin. But you’ll also be hearing tracks being developed by Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, the Byrds and many others.

In this audioblog, a series of podcasts, we’ll explore what was happening simultaneously in a given week, beginning in October 1965. You’ll hear exactly what these pioneers were working on at the same time.

The journey begins, the week of October 18th.

Cosmic results going on in the studios back then


  1. Ruth Dale says:

    Love the idea and can’t wait to hear more.

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