Interview with Tom Dowd, March 17, 1999

Project: Chasing Sound Oral History Project

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This interview with music producer and audio engineer Tom Dowd begins with a discussion of Wally Heider and Heider Sound, a business that allowed individuals to have personal recording studios. It then moves on to discuss his work with various musicians and bands, such as Crosby, Stills, and Nash, as well as Buffalo Springfield.

Dowd then discusses his brief time in advertising and talks about the fire at Majestic Studios in the 1950s. The two then talk about VHS tapes and the advent of multi-track recording. Dowd talks about marketing the Ampex 8-track recorder. He then talks about his time at Atlantic Records and talks about Stax Records in Memphis (Tenn.). He also talks about recording Rufus Thomas' hit, 'Walking the Dog.' Dowd moves on to talk about his beliefs regarding efficiency in audio recording and his work in Los Angeles (Calif.). It ends with a discussion of recording at Carnegie Hall and various audio engineering organizations.

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2016oh224_chase054

Interviewee Name

Tom Dowd

Interviewer Name

Susan Schmidt Horning

Interview Date

1999-03-17

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Dowd, Tom Interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. 17 Mar. 1999. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Dowd, T. (1999, March 17). Interview by S. S. Horning. Chasing Sound Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Dowd, Tom, interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. March 17, 1999, Chasing Sound Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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