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Engineering the Sigma Sound

May 30, 2012 —

Engineers of the ‘Philly Sound’ Go Behind the Scenes on Creating one of America’s Unique Sounds

The Music Industry program at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design welcomes the engineers of the Philadelphia Sound as they discuss the legendary Sigma Sound Studios and the history of recording in Philadelphia.  Sigma Sound Studios is one of America's most influential studios, creating a unique sound that is strongly associated with Philadelphia soul, and later, disco. 

The event is free and open to the public, Wednesday, June 6th at 6 p.m. in Stein Auditorium, 111 Nesbitt Hall (3215 Market St.)

Panelists include: Sigma Sound Studios founder Joe Tarsia, Arthur Stoppe, Carl Paruolo, Jay Mark, Jim Galgher and Mike Tarsia.  Each engineer will present a piece of their work and discuss the techniques, methodologies and practices behind the sound that has etched its own place in American culture and history

Together, they have engineered the sounds of The O'Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti Labelle, Lou Rawls, The Delfonics, B.B. King, The Jackson 5, Chubby Checker, The Trammps, Melba Moore, Madonna, Archie Bell, The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, George Benson, Gladys Knight and many more. David Bowie recorded nearly his entire Young Americans record at Sigma Studios in 1974.  


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