Interview with Tom Dowd, March 16, 1999

Project: Chasing Sound Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Susan Schmidt Horning and music producer and audio engineer Tom Dowd begin by discussing Dowd's former colleague, Syd Feldman. The interview then talks about the formation of Audio Engineering Society (AES).
The interview then moves to the topic of the sort of training that audio engineers were receiving in the 1950s and 1960s and discusses the unions involved in the recording industry.
Dowd then moves on to discuss the more technical aspects of audio engineering, such as microphone placement and the importance of preventing locked grooves in records. Dowd further discusses the serendipitous relationship with fellow audio engineer Rein Narma. After that, Dowd discusses the advent of multi-tracking in the recording business and the effect it had on musical performance. He also discusses the technology available in recording studios at Atlantic Records and Capitol Records. The interview then ends with a discussion about the difference between east coast and west coast recording, the Ampex Electric Corporation, and Dowd's current projects.

Interview Accession

2016oh223_chase053

Interviewee Name

Tom Dowd

Interviewer Name

Susan Schmidt Horning

Interview Date

1999-03-16

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Dowd, Tom Interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. 16 Mar. 1999. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Dowd, T. (1999, March 16). 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 16, 1999, Chasing Sound Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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