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Google’s virtual reality tour back in time to the heyday of The Beatles at Abbey Road

Internet search giant Google has gained exclusive access to the iconic Abbey Road studios and is offering users a virtual experience from the heyday of the Beatles.

Graffiti at Abbey Road Studios shows just how popular it is with fans.
Graffiti at Abbey Road Studios shows just how popular it is with fans. Image by Nan Palmero / CC BY 2.0

And for music fans of that era, there is the bonus of also seeing where Pink Floyd recorded their hits. The MirrorOnline reports that the VR program for Google’s cardboard VR viewer is much cheaper at £14.99 than other headsets. A major plus of the studio tour is that it has been narrated by Giles Martin, the son of the iconic Beatles manager George Martin.

Tributes to the record producer known as the Fifth Beatle, Sir George Martin, are placed at The Cavern, Liverpool following his death aged 90. Sir George helped The Beatles achieve global success while head of the Parlophone record label after hearing their demo tape in 1962. His family confirmed he died peacefully at his home as tributes poured in from the world of music and beyond.
The son of George Martin, known as the fifth Beatle, narrates the virtual reality tour of Abbey Road created by Google. Image by Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Tom Seymour, creative lead and self-described audiophile at Google’s Creative Lab in London said that the work of Abbey Road studios has been very influential in modern music. He explained that almost every part of the studio could be explored as part of their broader attempts to give people the opportunity to experience culture from any part of the world.

The Abbey Road virtual reality experience can be had simply by downloading the Android app and by placing your smartphone inside the viewer. There will also be an iOS version available soon according to Google.