Above, clockwise: Tee shirt, drinks coasters and mouse mat.
Exclusively available at the Abbey Road Shop in store and online, the new psychedelic logo range of merchandise is based on an original hand-drawn black and white design by ex-studio designer and special projects manager Alan Brown who – drawing on his interests in calligraphy and lettering – was tasked with designing a new logo for Abbey Road while working at the studios in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Vintage Logo collection includes an original 100% black cotton T-shirt in all sizes as well as drinks coasters, a vintage mouse mat and various magnets and badges.
During his time in the role Alan was also responsible for redesigning the interior of Studio Three as well as installing his spiral artworks and murals within the studios.
“Ken [ex-Studios Manager] asked me to formulate a new logo embodying the words Abbey Road within it and so I set about preparing a sequence of designs. Being before the availability of computer aided design, it was a hands-on task involving pen and ink and paper, compasses and brushes. I have no record of the progressive stages involved, but I remember it taking me thirteen attempts to arrive at a design that Ken finally liked and approved. Despite having a sixties’ feel about it, it felt right for the time with its spiral form and concentric rings, analogous to record grooves and rills.” – Alan Brown
Thanks to Alan and his photo collection we were able to get hold of a series of images of these installations in situ, some of which you can see for the first time ever below.
Below: Studio 3 control room, circa 1975.
Below: Spiral Mural in Cutting Room 24.
The range is now on sale at shop.abbeyroad.com and in in store at the Abbey Road Shop, 3 Abbey Rd, London NW8 9AY.
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About Abbey Road Studios
Abbey Road Studios is the most famous recording studios in the world and a global music icon.
Home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology, the legendary studio complex has a phenomenal history spanning over 85 years, encompassing celebrated work by many of the world’s most famous recording artists including The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Frank Ocean, Kate Bush, Florence + The Machine, Ed Sheeran, Radiohead, Oasis, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Adele.
Since the score for Raiders of The Lost Ark was recorded at the studios in 1980, Abbey Road has developed into one of the world’s premiere locations for movie scoring. Blockbuster films such as The Lord of The Rings Trilogy, The King’s Speech and Skyfall feature scores recorded there, while recent projects include the Oscar-winning score to Gravity. Additionally, a number of high-profile video games such as Halo 5 and Call of Duty have recorded in-game music at Abbey Road Studios.
In the biggest transformation since it was founded in 1931, Abbey Road is opening two new contemporary studios – The Gatehouse and The Front Room – making the magic of Abbey Road accessible to a new generation of recording artist. A new Dolby Atmos Premier Studio certified mix stage is also opening in March 2017 making Abbey Road the only facility in London to offer both movie scoring and sound post production.
The studios house a number of state of the art mastering suites. Recent projects mastered or re-mastered by Abbey Road’s award-winning engineers include music from Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Queen, The Smiths, Depeche Mode, New Order, Mary J. Blige.
Abbey Road Studios also offers online mixing and mastering, audio products for professional and home studio music producers, live concert recording, archiving and video services. The studios also host a select number of special events each year.
Abbey Road recently launched Abbey Road Red, Europe’s first music-focused technology incubator which supports the endeavours of entrepreneurs, research and developers.
Abbey Road Institute recently began offering vocational diplomas in music production and audio engineering to students at the studio complex in London and state of the art facilities in Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Munich, Melbourne and Sydney. Learn more at http://www.abbeyroad.com