UK: In anticipation of its 60th birthday this September, the Association of Professional Recording Services (APRS) is preparing a series of special monthly events designed to review this fast-changing industry. The first session, entitled 'The Good Old Bad Old Days', has already taken place and featured contributors including engineer/producer Tony Platt and former Abbey Road general manager Ken Townsend (pictured here recording Ruby Murray with Stuart Eltham in 1963), writes David Davies.
Held at The Bath House in London's West End recently, the event featured some delicious anecdotes, not least the story of how Sir George Martin's grand piano went somewhat astray en route from the London borough of Greenford to Kentish Town - it ended up in Japan.
The next session is scheduled for the same venue on March 1, and will feature a panel of musicians including Derek Wadsworth and Brian Gascoigne relating selected stories and taking questions from the floor. Later in March, Rupert Neve will address the evolution of studio design, while an event in April will consider the promotion of recording studios and services.
The APRS says it is keen to gather feedback and suggestions during its 60th anniversary year, and is set to channel this activity into a special forum in May, entitled 'The Future of the Association'.
"Over recent times the APRS has consolidated its view of the recording industry, reflected for example by the reorganisation of its membership categories. They are now far more inclusive of all audio practitioners," says Nick Dimes, a director of APRS. "Whether it's an individual just starting out or an established audio facility, the APRS provides support, knowledge and networking opportunities to all."
Dimes adds that the association is also planning an international anniversary party for the autumn.
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