Abbey Road Studios is one of the most famous recording studios in the world, there were a selection of well-known films and game scores created there such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. It also held some famous events, for example, The Beatles appeared in the world’s first global broadcast from Studio One. Although it is very famous and has hosted every big name in music history, Abbey Road has never been open to the public before. Now by collaborating with Google Maps, users can take an interactive but virtual tour to the inner side of Abbey Road.
In order to share Abbey Road history, it decided to work with Google to showcase as much of it as possible to public, in a range of ways such as tours, videos, stories, images and gadgets. When users start their tour, the first thing is to choose a studio, and there is an inner map on the left corner to show their position. On the right side, they can choose gadgets, videos, images and stories, and there are several items under each category. They can click on the item and the map will take them to the exact place to visit.
Another way for users to visit Abbey Road is the same with Google Street View. With a point and click of their mouse, they can drag to scan the more than 360-degree images and find items by themselves. The experience of Abbey Road virtual tour is real and interactive, giving users best impressions of studios.
But these are not all about the app. The most attractive thing about the app is that users can see sound technicians at work in the studios, they can see people walking around in the lobby, and they can listen to the music producers are making. In the tour, they will watch interviews of musicians, music videos, and stories behind each scene.
There are also some gaming style interactions in the tour. For example, users can record their own version of some specific audio tracks such as Lonely Hearts Club Band, and compare with the original ones. This experience is especially valuable for music enthusiasts.
The collaboration with Google gives outside world people who love music and art an opportunity to see the everyday working of the studios and let people gain insights into the magic that how great movies produced their background music and how iconic singers recorded their albums.
The collaboration will bring Google Maps more fans because it makes people realized it can use technology to bring people closer to cultural icons and institutions all over the world, and give people the most real and interactive experience. No matter where you are, Google Maps will take you to the places you want to go with the real world experience.