May 12, 2017 / / Production Blog

Simon Nicol kindly stopped off at The Part’s You Don’t Hear London headquarters to chat about his many accomplishments at Sound Techniques, Chelsea. Simon, guitarist alongside Richard Thompson and founder alongside Ashley Hutchings was just 17 years of age when recording the self titled debut Fairport Convention (1968) album produced by Joe Boyd and engineered…

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April 21, 2017 / / Production Blog

The Part’s You Don’t Hear were invited to visit the wonderful Shirley Collins for tea and pastries at her home in Lewes, East Sussex to chat about her fascinating career and recording at Sound Techniques, Chelsea. Shirley started her recording career in 1955 after she met the American folk collector Alan Lomax and she…

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The amazing Linda Thompson sat down with The Part’s You Don’t Hear in her West London home to talk all things Sound Techniques. Preferring the studio over singing live, the studio in Chelsea was a place she felt at home in when recording and also would hang around when other friends such as Sandy…

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December 30, 2016 / / Production Blog

Imagine going from car mechanic to being tape op on classic blues rock seminal tracks like Oh well and Green Manalishi by Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac…well this is the kind of thing that happened in the 1960’s and the charismatic Louis Austin took it in his stride, becoming a busy engineer at De Lane…

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December 7, 2016 / / Story

Lost: What happens to one piece of pioneering recording technology when innovation moves onwards at such a rate as it did in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s? A studio like any other business has to always be at the forefront of new demands, new technology and a new generation of artists. There is…

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Three-time Grammy Award winning producer, Andrew Scheps, has recently packed up his Punkerpad West Studio and, in partnership with Monnow Valley, relocated and installed all of his beautiful rescued vintage gear into their incredible South Wales studio. We sat down for a packed few hours on camera with one of the undisputed mix masters; A man who…

Read the PostAndrew Scheps: From Adele to Jay Z and the bare genius of “Pink Moon”

May 2, 2016 / / Blog

Tom Allom might have been the man to perfect a seminal British metal sound; Classic records from Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Def Leppard, Kix, and Rough Cutt take up much of Allom’s wild discography but the engineer/producer honed his ear and his words on the influence of that little Chelsea studio and their almost invisible undercurrent affecting…

Read the PostTom Allom: From Sabbath to The Strawbs with one of rock’s greats.

April 29, 2016 / / Production Blog
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The photographer Keith Morris is a big part of The Parts You Don’t Hear. There is precious little footage and photographs of Sound Techniques studio in Chelsea that are still in existence so finding Keith’s archive now run by Clare Morris was a key moment for the team. Co-Director Nick Turner has been meeting…

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January 23, 2016 / / Blog

Danny White and P.H Naffar have just launched the brand new The pair, enamoured with the desks and the history of the British company will carry on the torch of Sound Techniques, hell bent on crafting the same high quality consoles and gear for a new generation of musicians and engineers. Based in Southern…

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January 23, 2016 / / Production Blog

With a career spanning nearly 50 years, beginning as a 15 year old at De Lane Lea, Soho, John “Fingers” Wood has a resume the size of a Russian novel. Taking time out of a holiday in beautiful Barcelona, John came to chat with us about Sound Techniques impact on the dubbing industry in…

Read the PostJohn C. Wood: A filmic angle on Sound Techniques

December 11, 2015 / / Production Blog

An early Christmas present from us; This first teaser trailer highlights the origins of Sound Techniques while hinting at the grander story under the surface… Sound Techniques began its life as a small DIY studio in 1964. It’s doors would be open for 10 years under the guidance of Geoff Frost and John Wood;…

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November 5, 2015 / / Production Blog

The endlessly charismatic and beautiful Vashti Bunyan has just added yet another layer to the weird and wonderful onion which is The Parts You Don’t Hear. Her legendary story and her fragile and endlessly listenable debut LP Just Another Diamond Day has a quality and a uniqueness which has seldom been touched even 45 years after its…

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November 5, 2015 / / Production Blog

Ian Anderson, multi instrumentalist and leader of Jethro Tull invited directors Neil Innes and Nick Turner to his beautiful house to chat about the band’s first record This Was… The album’s title, Anderson confessed, was a sly nod towards the fact that they would never sound like this again, but those sessions for their debut…

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October 29, 2015 / / Production Blog

The Human Beast’s Volume 1 has the enviable honour of being a better find on the collector’s circuit than a signed rare Beatles acetate. Landing the top spot on Record Collector Magazine’s most valuable discs, the first edition of their 1970 album reaches somewhere in the vicinity of $8000 online; a price Edinburgh native Ed Jones…

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October 25, 2015 / / Production Blog

Chris Joe Beard talked to us in his garden studio near Manchester about his band The Purple Gang who had 2 recording sessions at Sound Techniques, Chelsea. The first session was 4 tracks in 1967 with the legendary Joe Boyd recording in back to back sessions with Pink Floyd’s debut classic Arnold Layne. This…

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October 22, 2015 / / Production Blog

Original Fairport Convention singer Judy Dyble invited us into her Oxfordshire home to tell us about the origins of one of Sound Techniques most prolific and beloved bands. Judy’s memories of the inception of Fairport and their 1968 debut record helps set the scene for the kind of studio Sound Techniques would become. The sound…

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October 15, 2015 / / Production Blog

Today we met all round nice guy Jerry Boys who was in London for a brief visit away from his home in Cornwall. The engineer and producer talked us through his beginnings at Abbey Road as tape op working on tracks like Lady Madonna by The Beatles to The Zombies masterwork album Odyssey &…

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August 26, 2015 / / Production Blog

From 1965 to 1976, Geoff Frost and John Wood, who built and ran Sound Techniques, created some of the finest, richest folk and rock sounds of the time. Thriving in a relaxed studio atmosphere within the walls of an old milking shed in the heart of Chelsea (the antitheses of every major recording studio in…

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August 20, 2015 / / Production Blog

Danny White has become an incredibly important part of The Parts You Don’t Hear. The former owner of 16Ton Studios on music row in Nashville took time out of a flying visit to England to talk about an unexpected new chapter in the Sound Techniques world. A fan, an engineer, a musician and an all round superstar; His enthusiasm and love…

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August 17, 2015 / / Production Blog
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Geoff Bowyer, member of The Purple Gang sat down to chat with Co-Director Nick Turner about their riotous cult classic “Granny Takes a Trip” from back in 1967. The Joe Boyd produced and Sound Techniques recorded song was heralded by John Peel as one of the all time greats of the psychedelic scene in the UK and was…

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July 1, 2015 / / Production Blog

A name you might not have heard if you haven’t delved into traditional British folk music, Martin Carthy is one of the most important and influential figures in the UK folk scene; in the 1960s he was an inspiration to both Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and therefore everything that came after. Martin sat down with…

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June 30, 2015 / / Production Blog

The Incredible String Band‘s lovely Mike Heron talked with us today about their run of cult classic records; All 8 albums produced and recorded with Joe Boyd and John Wood the Sound Techniques Chelsea studio. Despite warning us before-hand that he couldn’t remember much about the 60’s, Mike proceeded to give us great stories…

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June 8, 2015 / / Production Blog

We met the enigmatic singer songwriter Bridget St John in Brighton before her show with fellow folk-legend Michael Chapman. She was kind enough to tell us about her earliest musical influences, signing with John Peel‘s Dandelion label and recording her two masterful albums Songs For the Gentle Man with producer Ron Geesin and Thank You…

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April 26, 2015 / / Production Blog

Ron Geesin invited Nick and Marco to his home and studio in East Sussex to talk about his career in music, working with Pink Floyd and the superb album Songs For The Gentle Man which he produced for Bridget St John at Sound Techniques. The brilliant experimental composer, producer and author talked about John Peel,…

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February 20, 2015 / / Production Blog

They say that behind every great man, there is a great woman and without Jill Frost, affectionately known as ‘Jillie’ by husband and Sound Techniques founder Geoff Frost, there may not have been a Sound Techniques to begin with… Yes, you can borrow money from the bank and you can even borrow money from…

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February 19, 2015 / / Production Blog

The charming Geoff Frost and his wife Jillie were kind enough to invite us to their beautiful house in Norfolk to sit down for a few days and talk about the documentary; Both over a few nice pints of ale and on camera. When Geoff and John Wood dove in at the deep end in 1964 to…

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February 17, 2015 / / Production Blog

The legendary producer Joe Boyd kindly sat down with us today in London to talk about his work with the experimental and influential AMMMusic, producing the first Pink Floyd sessions with John Wood, the British folk rock landscape and the early days of the growing Sound Techniques Chelsea studio. He spoke fondly of his…

Read the PostJoe Boyd gives us a view from behind the desk at sound techniques