The incursion of stereo into Spanish popular music: the English influence in the definition of a local sound through the professional exchanges between Madrid, Barcelona and London


n Spain, the role of the engineer and the music producer emerges at the be- ginning of the 60s from the “imitation” of the Anglo-Saxon model. The English professional experience of producers and engineers such as Alain Milhaud and Pepe Loeches, helps to import some of the technical methodologies used in English recording studios into Spain. Production equipment from Abbey Road is sent to the EMI studio in Barcelona, allowing stereo recordings to be made with mixing consoles previously used in The Beatles’ productions. The introduction of stereo to Spanish productions does not seem to have come much later than in other markets like the UK or the US.

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