Between 1965 and 1966, music legend Bob Dylan recorded three of his most iconic albums. Over the course of 14 months, the young folk singer experimented with new sounds, tried out new instruments, and, through trial and error, shaped the songs that would make up Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, and Blonde On Blonde. Now, half a century later, Sony has created an interactive website that will give Dylan fans a sense of what it was really like to be in the studio for those historic sessions.
The record label created the site, called Studio A Revisited, to promote their new Dylan box set, The Cutting Edge: 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Volume 12. The interactive website lets visitors listen to outtakes from the recording sessions, and even remix one of Dylan’s most iconic songs, “Like a Rolling Stone.”
Visitors can choose different stems, like “piano + bass,” or “drums + organ,” and adjust the levels of each stem as the song plays. The so-called “jam session” is designed to show how Dylan himself crafted his songs by playing around with different sounds in the recording studio.
“The way Dylan recorded those three albums—it was very immediate,” Can Misirlioglu, digital creative director at Havas Worldwide, which helped create the site, told WIRED. “We wanted to recreate that studio experience and carry over some of that spontaneity to an experience for fans.”
Studio A Revisited is divided into three sections: the interactive "jam session," a "listening session," which features outtakes and behind-the-scenes information about the recordings, and the yet-to-be-released "singing session." The site is still a work in progress—Sony plans to add another song and more bonus features over time—but it's already packed with treasures for Dylan fans to discover. Check it out here.