September 19, 2017 / / Production Blog

Sandy Roberton has lived his whole working life in the music world. He produced nearly 40 records at Sound Techniques Chelsea, nearly all of which he brought along to The Pig’s Ear pub on Old Church Street in London. We had a great talk with Sandy about the atmosphere of the studio and the characters who created the incredible recordings…

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August 7, 2017 / / Production Blog

Looking at Richard Thompson‘s discography in the late 60’s to mid 70’s you could assume that he must have lived at Sound Techniques, Chelsea. In fact Richard stated to The Part’s You Don’t Hear that he only ever went to other studios in that period when the old milk dairy was fully booked up or a bigger studio was needed…

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June 11, 2017 / / Production Blog

Hi all, It’s already been a long journey and The Parts You Don’t Hear still has a long way to go. After two and half years in production and more than 30 interviews from some wonderful characters, we are gearing up for a monster editing job. With 70 hours of footage in the can and 3 more interviews in August booked and ready…

Read the PostThe Parts You Don’t Hear: Update

June 2, 2017 / / Production Blog

The Part’s You Don’t Hear met recording engineer Nick Broome at his home in the Oxford suburbs where we chatted all things Sound Techniques. Nick was just 15 years old (Yes, this was the 1960’s and this did seem to happen a lot!) when he started working for De Lane Lea Studios at a time when they were building their…

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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 by John Wood. This marked the…

Read the PostFull House: Fairport Convention’s Simon Nicol at Sound Techniques

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 released her first full length album…

Read the PostShirley Collins, the Queen of traditional folk at Sound Techniques

April 7, 2017 / / Production Blog
March 17, 2017 / / Production Blog

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 Denny & Nick Drake were recording.…

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March 10, 2017 / / Production Blog

Dave Pegg, one of the most regular serving bass players at Sound Techniques studio in Chelsea, invited The Parts You Don’t Hear to his UK home near Cropredy, which is also a yearly festival he continues to play with Fairport Convention. Although ‘Peggy’ was not in Fairport Convention until he replaced Ashley Hutchings in 1969, he has been their longest…

Read the PostDave Pegg on Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, John Martyn and Sandy Denny

January 27, 2017 / / Production Blog
January 13, 2017 / / Production Blog

Many thanks to Gerry Conway for chatting about the good old days as regular drummer for Cat Stevens as well as his regular session work at Sound Techniques, Chelsea with musical giants such as Sandy Denny, Fotheringay, Fairport Convention, John Cale, Steeleye Span, The Incredible String Band… the list goes on and on… It was Gerry who recommended Sound Techniques,…

Read the PostGerry Conway: Cat Stevens, Fotheringay and more at Sound Techniques, Chelsea

January 6, 2017 / / Production Blog
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 Lea: Dean Street, Kingsway and Wembley…

Read the PostLouis Austin: From Fleetwood Mac to Queen & Deep Purple

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 no time for looking back or…

Read the PostSound Techniques: Lost & Found

June 16, 2016 / / Production Blog
June 6, 2016 / / Blog

Co-Director Nick Turner was lucky enough to have the pleasure of visiting Peter Neal and his lovely wife Benjy at their home in Buckinghamshire. Not only did Peter make the first film on Glastonbury in 1972 and produce the only documentary of Jimi Hendrix in Jimi’s lifetime (Experience, 1968) but luckily for us, he also made the wonderful film on…

Read the PostBe Glad for Peter Neal: The Incredible String Band at Sound Techniques

May 27, 2016 / / Production Blog

The Parts You Don’t Hear crew recently made the drive up to Leeds to meet the legendary engineer and producer Ken Scott. He was, as one of the greatest British record makers, filled with incredible stories about his celebrated infamous recordings with Bowie, The Beatles and Elton John and many more. Beginning at EMI (or Abbey Road as it would become known) and…

Read the PostKen Scott: Beatles, Bowie & setting the record straight on Sound Techniques

May 9, 2016 / / Production Blog

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 has worked with some of the…

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 everything that came after. He spoke…

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

April 29, 2016 / / Production Blog
February 5, 2016 / / Production Blog

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 regularly with Clare at the Keith…

Read the PostKeith Morris: One of Britain’s Greatest Rock Photographers

January 23, 2016 / / Blog

Danny White and P.H Naffar have just launched the brand new sountechniquesusa.com. 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 California, they are no strangers to…

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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 a time when advertising and television…

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; Behind the faders of their hand…

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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 release.  After three decades in obscurity…

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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 at Sound Techniques with engineer Vic Gamm would teach the…

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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 finds ludicrous considering its breakneck 1…

Read the PostEd Jones & the Most Collectable Sound Techniques LP

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 first session included the single and…

Read the PostThe Purple Gang strikes twice!

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 of their debut record is set…

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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 & Oracle before moving on to Olympic…

Read the PostJerry Boys: From Sound Techniques to Buena Vista Social Club

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 London), the pair used their can…

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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 for what makes music stamp itself…

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August 17, 2015 / / Production Blog

John Wood made the trip down to London from his home in the far North of Scotland and the legendary engineer and producer thought it best to sit down with us for a chat in the pub across the road from the old Sound Techniques Studio; After all it was a place he knew very well. The old Black Lion (now called The…

Read the PostJohn Wood: One of the great engineers remembers sound techniques

July 2, 2015 / / Production Blog

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 famously banned by the BBC for…

Read the PostGeoff Bowyer talks about the cult classic “granny takes a trip”

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 us for a relaxed talk about…

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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 about how he first heard Robin…

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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 For… with producer Jerry Boys at…

Read the PostBridget St. John contributes to The Parts You Don’t Hear

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, the Dandelion record label and pushing Bridget…

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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 your supportive mother, but who is…

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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 start one of London’s first independent…

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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 relationship with Wood and how they…

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