Epic Albums

Students will get to experience legendary recordings from a new perspective. This workshop provides in-depth analysis and re-creation of iconic albums, including works by Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Green Day and Black Sabbath. Students will get in the studio and learn about technique, creative approach and the recording process involved in producing them.  Program combines extensive rehearsal and recording sessions with a producer to master these skills.

The Epic Album Program includes:

  • a weekly private lesson
  • a weekly, 90-minute pre-production session
  • Four 4.5 hour recording sessions at local professinal recording studio

The Albums:

NIRVANA – NEVERMIND (1991) Nirvana's second album turned out to be the place where alternative rock crashed into the mainstream… Nevermind is… positively glistening with echo and fuzzbox distortion… evocative wordplay and mangled screams -- and because the band has a tremendous, unbridled power that transcends the pain, turning into pure catharsis. And that's as key to the record's success… music that is gripping, powerful, and even fun.*

RADIOHEAD – OK COMPUTER (1997) Radiohead delivered another startlingly accomplished set of modern guitar rock…It's a thoroughly astonishing demonstration of musical virtuosity and becomes even more impressive with repeated listens, which reveal subtleties like electronica rhythms, eerie keyboards, odd time signatures, and complex syncopations…OK Computer is the album that establishes Radiohead as one of the most inventive and rewarding guitar rock bands of the '90s.*

LED ZEPPELIN - IV (1971) Encompassing heavy metal, folk, pure rock & roll, and blues, Led Zeppelin's untitled fourth album is a monolithic record, defining not only Led Zeppelin but the sound and style of '70s hard rock. Expanding on the breakthroughs of III, Zeppelin fuse their majestic hard rock with a mystical, rural English folk that gives the record epic scope.*

GREEN DAY – DOOKIE (1994) Dookie is the third studio album by the American punk rock band Green Day. It was the band's first collaboration with producer Rob Cavallo and its major label debut. Dookie became a worldwide commercial success, reaching number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 and charting in seven countries.**

BLACK SABBATH - MASTER OF REALTIY (1971) Master of Reality… had a seemingly endless supply of crushingly heavy riffs to bludgeon their audiences into sweet, willing oblivion… its influence can be heard throughout the generations of heavy metal bands that followed.*

*Source: Allmusic.com; **Source: Wikipedia.com