As a '70s-era teenager, I worked at my cousin's stereo store -- and whenever a staffer really wanted to close a sale, he or she would spin the Mobile Fidelity vinyl pressing of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon. The sound of those clanging clocks on "Time" would make any system sound astonishing, and part any customer from his wallet.
The engineer responsible for these sonics was Alan Parsons, who talks today about "The Evolution of Recording Rock and Roll." There's no one more qualified to speak on the subject. From his days running tape at the Beatles' Abbey Road Studio to his more recent work with surround-mixing techniques, he's been way ahead of the curve. And for that, generations of stereo salesmen owe him a debt of gratitude.
This particular Parsons project launches at 1 p.m. at the Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria campus. Admission is free. Phone 303-556-3399 or visit cam.cudenver.edu to learn more.
Thu., Jan. 31, 1 p.m., 2008