Phil Spector Essay

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Early 1960s was the time when A&R man (who was responsible for arranging and coordinating all the professionals such as singers, musicians, audio technicians and instrumentation) started getting replaced by record producer. Due to the increase in control of record companies and decrease in the authority of musicians as record producer became more important than the singer in the recording process. One of the example of record producers of that time is Phil Spector, who was considered as one of the most significant record producer because he wrote and recorded many hit songs. It was through these songs, Spector developed his famous “Wall of sound,” which included recording a large number of instruments, blending the sounds together, adding reverb,…show more content…
So, that’s how Spector gave many hits along with creating an original sound and recording style.
Some of the studio techniques that Spector developed includes recording with “Triple rhythm sections, that is, three drummers, three bass players, and three pianos. Spector also included multiple guitars and plenty of wind instruments in his recordings [along with placing] all go his musicians into a relatively small space” (Lesson 13 - The Record Producer and the rise of Surf Rock). So, this was one of his techniques that he used in his recordings that led each instruments sound to be heard not only in its own microphone, but also in the all the near microphones. Furthermore, another technique that he unfolded in 1960s was called doubling “In which two different instruments would play the exactly same line
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This song was written by husband and wife team Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, and the producer Phil Spector. Tina’s voice was believed as the perfect voice for the song and for the wall of sound. Spector went all out to make the song as famous as his last hits were, but unfortunately, it didn’t turned out as he expected (Robert Webb). Since, the song only made it to the top chart of the UK and was unsuccessful making at the top of United States’ chart position (nonetheless, slowly overtime it did got accepted as a classic music in America too). However, the song did reflected the wall of sound recording technique every “Individual instruments [were] largely indistinct; instead the soaring onslaught of a seemingly infinite number of instruments and backing vocals chugs along with Tina shrieks atop the proceedings” (Bill Kopp). Basically, he used the same technique that he utilized in his earlier recording of combining all sounds of different instruments into single sound to make indistinct sound along with doing pre recording
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