From The Other Side of The Glass
Engineering the Sounds of A Generation
FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLASS is a documentary feature about legendary audio engineer and producer Eddie Kramer. This music icon recorded many of the greatest albums of all time by Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and more, plus singles for The Beatles, as well as the biggest moment in rock history, Woodstock. For fifty years (and counting), visionary artists have enlisted Eddie to help paint the musical landscapes they hear in their dreams.
Besides immortalizing the sounds, he captured the sights too. Eddie is as an avid photographer. The film includes rarely seen photos of many of these historic sessions coming to life through colorful animation. Not only do he and his legendary friends tell us the stories from the “Golden Age of Rock,” the magical 1967 through ‘73, but we see them too.
To demonstrate the artistry of capturing multi-layered psychedelic music in the analog era, the time before the digital age of Pro-Tools, Plug-Ins and Auto-Tune, the film inter-cuts scenes of Eddie and [for example] John Mayer working in the “archaic” way to cut an original track. In the process, Eddie furthers the musical education of a curious modern master who is clearly fascinated by the frustrations his predecessors faced. No computers. No digital shortcuts. Just analog artistry.!What enduring art they created.
This is Eddie’s story – FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLASS.
A Meteor 17 Production. Producer: Spencer Proffer; Executive Producer: Eddie Kramer
It’s no exaggeration to say Eddie Kramer engineered some of the most influential songs in modern music. During the “Golden Age of Rock,” Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Traffic and even The Beatles enlisted this young studio wizard to record the sounds that changed music forever. He helped these trailblazing artists translate the music they heard in their wildest dreams onto the records we listen to today.
“We, as engineers and producers, were given the opportunity to experiment and challenge the status quo and come up with new and exciting sounds, pushing the boundaries of the somewhat primitive technologies to achieve the sounds that Hendrix, the Stones, Led Zeppelin and the Beatles wanted.”—Eddie Kramer
“We were experimenting with stereo flanging/phasing and demonstrated for the first time to Jimi during ‘Axis Bold As Love.’ He collapsed on the floor, holding his head in his hands, shouting ‘Man, how did you do that? I heard that sound in my dreams... play it again... wow, wow, I want that sound on everything, man.”—Eddie
As if Eddie’s innovative studio work didn’t seal his position in the annals of music; he was also the man at the boards for many of rock’s Greatest Live Albums. He recorded Zep’s The Song Remains the Same, The Stones’ Love You Live, Derek and the Dominos’ In Concert, Frampton Comes Alive! and THE Ultimate Live Event – Woodstock.
“The whole thing was recorded under the most primitive of conditions, but we got it done. Woodstock was three days of drugs and hell.”—Eddie Kramer
In 1969, Eddie worked with Jimi to build his Electric Lady Studios in NYC. Designed to inspire creativity, it’s become an institution where the biggest artists still record: from Elvis to Erykah Badu, Led Zeppelin to Jay Z, John Lennon to John Mayer.
“In a word: vibe. We wanted to create an environment where Jimi could feel really happy, and feel that he could create anything. It was this womblike, beautiful place, where he could feel totally relaxed and create the music he wanted.” – Eddie Kramer
Those are merely early highlights of a fifty-year music career that continues today. A glance at his discography, makes you realize that rarely a day passes when you won’t hear at least one of his works. And for rock fans, his work often fills their days entirely.
Besides telling us the tales behind our favorite songs, Eddie can show them to us too. An avid photographer, Eddie has nearly two-thousand, rarely and never-seen pictures of these music greats—many taken while they were working together on the albums we love. The stories are fascinating. The images are unreal.
“The photographs that I took were inspired by the fact that the subject matter was so rich, the characters I met every day in the studio were so interesting that I felt compelled to capture them. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time and have my camera by my side.”—Eddie Kramer Although the music Eddie created with these rock icons were sonic blasts stretching the limits of imagination, his photos are the polar opposite—the pictures are intimate, candid, personal moments of these legends at work, in thought and at play. His images often feel like snapshots of close friends visiting his home, except his young friends were recording some of the greatest songs in rock history.
Eddie Kramer helped create the sounds that changed the generation that changed the world. The DOCUMENTARY film will tell Eddie’s story – FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLASS.
FROM THE OTHER SIDE OF THE GLASS The Sights and The Sounds Create The Experience
Combining interviews with his legendary friends and the snapshots of their time together, the film is planned to tell the tales we don’t know about the music we do. As the stories and music come to life, the photos will too by using still photo animation. Imagine the advanced “Ken Burns Effect” of The Kid Stays in the Picture or American: the Bill Hicks Story set to the world’s greatest soundtrack. The psychedelic 60s and 70s come back to life.
THE KRAMER ARCHIVES – PHOTOGRAPHY Eddie’s photos have been exhibited in cities around the world, including The Grammy Museum, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, VH1 Corp HQ in NYC, the San Francisco Art Exchange, Wild About Music Gallery in Santa Monica, The Morrison Hotel Galleries in NYC and California, VIP Gallery in Rotterdam, Gallerie Profilen of Denmark, as well as the Metropolis Studios and Proud Gallery in London. Several of Eddie’s photos are on permanent display at Experience Hendrix in Seattle.
EDDIE KRAMER SELECT DISCOGRAPHY
Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced
Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love
Traffic – Mr. Fantasy
The Small Faces – Itchy Coo Park
The Beatles (Singles) - All You Need Is Love The Beatles (Singles) - Baby, You’re a Rich Man
Family – First Album
Graham Gouldman – The Graham Gouldman Thing
The Animals – Winds of Change
The Rolling Stones – Between the Buttons
The Rolling Stones – Flowers Album
The Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request
The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
Blue Cheer – Outside Inside Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
Traffic – Traffic
NRBQ – NRBQ
Vanilla Fudge – Near the Beginning
Harvey Mandel - Cristo Redentor
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
John Mayall – The Turning Point
The Nice – Live At The Fillmore East
The Nice – Nice
Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes - Marriage on the Rocks - Rock Bottom Woodstock
Built Jimi Hendrix’s NYC Electric Lady Studios
Johnny Winter –Johnny Winter
Jimi Hendrix – Band of Gypsys
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III
The Nice – Five Bridges
John Mayall – Empty Rooms
Derek and The Dominoes - In Concert @ The Fillmore East
Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs and Englishman
Carly Simon – That’s the way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be
Curtis Mayfield – Curtis/Live!
Humble Pie – Rockin' the Fillmore
Jimi Hendrix – Cry of Love
John Sebastian – Four of Us
Santana III Cactus - One Way or Another
John Mayall – Jazz Blues Fusion
Led Zeppelin – How the West Was Won (Live)
NRBQ – Scraps Santana - Live At Montreux
Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy
NRBQ – Workshop
Peter Frampton – Frampton's Camel Stories – About Us
Legendary music producer/engineer Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones) recently visited Full Sail University. In this video, he talks about his career and passion for music.