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Thursday 20 November 2014

Working with Abbey Road Studios

Almost 1900 adoring fans piled into the O2 Guildhall in Southampton on Saturday 12 November to watch home-grown Band of Skulls deliver an explosive performance in support of their third album Himalayan. What the fans might have missed however is that a team of five BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering and BSc (Hons) Live and Studio Sound students from Southampton Solent University were hard at work with Abbey Road Studio’s live team: Live Here Now.

The team of students chosen to help out on the night

“Our remit is to go out and record live gigs, producing instant live CDs at the end of the night”, explained Barbara Thornton of Abbey Road Studios, “and in the past we have toured with Depeche Mode, Status Quo and, more recently, Robbie Williams. We contacted Southampton Solent to see if there were studio/sound engineering students who might be able to volunteer and help us out for the duration of the gig.”

Five students: Jonathan Raven, Toms Liments, Aleksejs Apolskis, Richard Corke and George Hirst took full advantage of the opportunity to work with the world-class engineers.

Some of the Abbey Road Studios equipment that the students were using

George Hirst spoke for all the students, saying: “It was good to see what we have been learning at university being implemented in industry and how a professional team can work quickly and efficiently. It was also a great opportunity to work with such a high profile brand, picking up little tips on the way.”

Following the event Barbara wrote to Sean Lancastle, Head of Media Technology saying: “Thanks so much for putting together such a solid team for us, we absolutely could not have pulled everything off without their help and dedication. The students were such an obliging and enthusiastic bunch and I had a lot of fun working with them – I hope that they can say the same!  It makes our jobs a lot easier when we are working with a group that we can trust and I hope to work with them again in the future.”

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