Dr. Perry Alexander

The University of Kansas

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Tom Dowd and The Language of Music

Years ago I saw a documentary when doing laps around the television about Tom Dowd. Dowd was a recording engineer and producer for Atlantic Records and was among the first to use stereo and multitrack recording techniques. He also worked on the Manhattan Project and made the decision to go into recording when his classified work was more advanced than academia would acknowledge.

After seeing the documentary, I promptly forgot Dowd’s name and the name of the documentary! I’ve talked about the moving and recommended it multiple times without either name. Well, I finally found the name and you can get the DVD through Netflix. It’s called Tom Dowd and The Language of Music. Most definitely worth your time.