In 2015, Google opened the doors at Abbey Road Studios to everyone for the first time. Inside Abbey Road is an interactive experience that lets fans around the world explore the legendary studios, hear its stories and play with some of its famous equipment using their computer, tablet or phone – including sitting in on a recording session with the LSO.
Now you can take a step further and experience what it actually feels like—and sounds like—inside the studios, using Google Cardboard and an Android smartphone.
Google have just released the Inside Abbey Road app for Virtual Reality headsets in which you can move around the studios in a nine-part tour, including our recording session – for last year's Final Symphony album – in Studio 1, and then explore further into the various rooms. We recommend finding your way to the Mirrored Drum Room in Studio 3, which will make your mind boggle. Make sure you're sitting down and well away from any obstructions!
To get the full VR experience on your phone, download the free app from the Google Play store or App Store and grab your Cardboard. Don't have Cardboard? These can be purchased for as little as £3. Or get the full desktop experience here.
The LSO has a long and close relationship with Abbey Road Studios, which began when we performed at the 1931 Grand Opening with Sir Edward Elgar. Since then, we are proud to have recorded with a huge variety of film composers and musicians from all backgrounds, ranging from pop and classical stars to the young musicians who are part of LSO Discovery, our education and community programme. We think of Abbey Road almost as a second home, so are very excited to be part of Google's boundary-pushing, 360º celebration of this British monument. Find out more about the LSO's history here.
Update 26 April 2016: Inside Abbey Road wins a Webby Award
We were delighted to hear that the site and app has won a Webby Award for best navigation and structure. Hailed as the 'Internet’s highest honour' by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Congratulations to everyone who worked on this project!