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George Martin
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. At EMI, what did engineer Charlie Anderson do when a photographer wanted to take pictures of a recording artist in the studio?
(a) Remove all microphones from the room.
(b) Rearrange the microphones in impossible ways so no one could study his techniques.
(c) Offer them standard publicity glossies.
(d) Deny their request.

2. In the 1950s studios had A&R men, meaning what?
(a) Assimilation and Recruitment men.
(b) Acoustic and Reverberation men.
(c) Audio and Recording men.
(d) Artists and Repertoire men.

3. During the Beatles' first visit to America, according to George Martin in Chapter 9, what did some middle-aged men on Fifth Avenue wear to show they were in tune?
(a) Collarless suits.
(b) Beatle wigs.
(c) Beatle t-shirts.
(d) Skinny-legged pants.

4. Members of what group invented an instrument called a Gizmo?
(a) America.
(b) Winter Consort.
(c) Deep Purple.
(d) The Ramones.

5. While orchestrating the film, "The Family Way", what compromise did George Martin reach with John Boulting?
(a) George Martin would score the film if Paul McCartney would write the title song.
(b) George Martin would score the film only if Cilla Black would sing the title song.
(c) If the recording session at the Boulting's Shepperton studio was lacking, another recording would be made at CTS.
(d) They agreed to use a click track if they could not keep things synchronized manually.

6. How did the recording tape used at Capitol in 1958 differ from the tape used at Abbey Road?
(a) Capitol used quarter-inch tape to produce a two-track recording, while Abbey Road used half-inch tape to produce three tracks.
(b) Capitol used one-inch tape to produce a three-track recording, while Abbey Road used half-inch tape to produce two tracks.
(c) Capitol used half-inch tape to produce a three-track recording, while Abbey Road used quarter-inch tape to produce two tracks.
(d) Capitol used half-inch tape to produce a three-track recording, while Abbey Road used quarter-inch tape to produce three tracks.

7. In Chapter 12, George Martin reveals that he uses his collection of gold, silver, and platinum discs for what purpose?
(a) They paper the walls of one room in his house.
(b) He donates them to music schools to inspire young people.
(c) He sells them in order to maintain and upgrade his studios.
(d) They adorn the side walls of his shelving units.

8. In Chapter 12, what does George Martin refer to as a "golden treadmill?"
(a) Following one's dreams.
(b) His meteoric journey with the Beatles.
(c) Writing one film score after another, to the exclusion of any other musical endeavor.
(d) Marriage and divorce.

9. Which Beatles movie was produced with no assistance from George Martin?
(a) "A Hard Day's Night".
(b) "Sergeant Pepper".
(c) "Help!"
(d) "Abbey Road".

10. What, for George Martin, was the main advantage of recording on two tracks instead of one?
(a) The rhythms and vocals could be recorded separately.
(b) Two songs could be recorded on one section of tape.
(c) Two vocalists could sing without hearing each other.
(d) If a mistake were made on one track, the other track would compensate.

11. Regarding orchestration, what does George Martin offer as the secret to good string writing?
(a) Writing as if for a piano, with parts for left and right hands.
(b) Writing all parts close to the piano's middle C.
(c) Writing for four parts, as if for four human voices.
(d) Writing a separate part for each musician.

12. During the Beatles' first trip to America, why did Alan Livingston attempt to keep George Martin away from press conferences and the limelight?
(a) Alan Livingston had turned the Beatles down four separate times.
(b) Alan Livingston had turned the Beatles down three separate times.
(c) Alan Livingston wanted to woo the Beatles away from George Martin.
(d) Alan Livingston thought George Martin's accent was too thick.

13. In Chapter 8, in George Martin's layer cake metaphor, what was the second layer in a four-track recording?
(a) The lead voice.
(b) Harmonies, such as piano or guitar.
(c) Rhythm, such as drums and bass.
(d) Extra bits, called sweetening.

14. George Martin witnessed an argument between Frank Sinatra and Voyle Gilmore during his first trip to America, regarding what topic?
(a) Sinatra wanted to record in London rather than in New York.
(b) Sinatra wanted to record some Beatles tracks.
(c) Sinatra did not like his newest album cover, featuring a TWA airliner.
(d) Sinatra did not like the quality of the studio equipment.

15. In filmmaking, what is a click track?
(a) A technique used to speed up or slow film speed.
(b) A separate track featuring a click sound every so many frames of film, used to synchronize the musical score.
(c) A separate track used to absorb extraneous noises from the soundtrack.
(d) A special type of percussion, adding excitement to a scene.

Short Answer Questions

1. As described early in Chapter 8, what was one of the main reasons George Martin enjoyed working with the Beatles?

2. George Martin wrote the musical score for which James Bond film?

3. George Martin's new business, AIR, is an acronym for what?

4. What was the first movie scored by George Martin?

5. In the recording studio, what is the function of the compressor?

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