AMS Neve ‘Mix’ with the Stars for BBC Music Launch9th October 2014
The official new recording of the 1966 Beach Boys classic ‘God Only Knows’ was unveiled on Tuesday night to mark the launch of BBC Music, which the corporation describes as “an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives that amount to the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years”.
The song will be released as a single to raise money for the BBC’s Children in Need appeal.
The orchestral score was recorded and mixed at Air Studios in London, who use the Neve 88R and also the AMS Neve DFC (Digital Film Console). The song is accompanied by an incredible video filmed at the disused Alexandra Palace theatre in London, which hosted the first BBC broadcast more than 90 years ago. Dubbed ‘The Impossible Orchestra’, Brian Wilson, the song’s writer, was joined by an array of stars comprising of Sir Elton John, One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Jake Bugg, Lorde, Emeli Sandé, Chris Martin, Kylie Minogue, Paloma Faith, Sam Smith, Florence Welch, Chrissie Hynde, Brian May, Dave Grohl, Alison Balsom, Martin James Bartlett, Danielle de Niese, Nicola Benedetti, Eliza Carthy, Baaba Maal, Jamie Cullum, Jaz Dhami, as well as the BBC’s Zane Lowe, Lauren Laverne, Katie Derham, Gareth Malone and Jools Holland. They were also joined by the Tees Valley Youth Choir and the 80-piece BBC Concert Orchestra.
The TV promo video, which aired across BBC channels at 8pm on Tuesday night, was mixed at Soho-based GCRS by Munzie Thind, on one of four of their AMS Neve DFC Gemini consoles. You can watch the full behind-the-scenes video here: