It’s a mid-week afternoon; you’re probably staring blankly at your computer screen, slurping a Diet Coke and thinking to yourself: ‘god, I wish I was inside Abbey Road Studios right now’. We’ve all been there.
Thankfully, Google has thrown the doors to the legendary studios riiiight open (virtually, at least), with a new interactive website that lets you see every nook and cranny inside. It’s actually pretty cool since, until now, the closest non-music-industry types have been able to get to rooms like the mastering suite has been the famous zebra crossing outside.
As well as giving visitors 150 different 360-degree panoramic images to explore, the site also has YouTube clips of Abbey Road performances embedded. There are archival images and information on the building’s history, as well as the option to take a digital tour of the building led by Lauren Laverne, producer Giles Martin or engineer Mirek Stiles.
Most excitingly, users can use the app to play with studio equipment, like the J37 four-track recorder that was used to record the Beatles’ legendary ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’.
Thing is with Abbey Road; there’s not enough zebras.