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

2. As described early in Chapter 8, what was one of the main reasons George Martin enjoyed working with the Beatles?
(a) He became a multi-millionaire.
(b) He earned the respect of his mentors.
(c) Their success allowed him to retire early.
(d) Their success won him artistic freedom.

3. How does George Martin describe the result, when a recording is overcompressed?
(a) Punching holes in the sound.
(b) Background noise, as air enters and leaves the studio.
(c) The volume of the recording is too low.
(d) Echoes on the track.

4. After completion of AIR's first studio, what sort of studio did George Martin next want to create?
(a) A total environment studio.
(b) A traveling immersion studio.
(c) A total immersion studio.
(d) A traveling environment studio.

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

6. For which movie did George Martin receive his first and only Academy Award nomination?
(a) "A Hard Day's Night".
(b) "Help!"
(c) "Live and Let Die".
(d) "Goldfinger".

7. After how many attempts, as described in Chapter 9, did Capitol Records agree to release Beatles records?
(a) Two.
(b) Three.
(c) Five.
(d) Four.

8. The song, "Pepperland Laid Waste", appears on which Beatles album?"
(a) "Help!"
(b) "Sergeant Pepper".
(c) "Yellow Submarine".
(d) "Revolver".

9. What record, produced by George Martin, was the first record taken to the moon?
(a) "She's Leaving Home", by the Beatles.
(b) "Icarus", by Winter Consort.
(c) "Yesterday", by the Beatles.
(d) "Tubular Bells", by Mike Oldfield.

10. What was the first difference George Martin noticed at Capitol Studios in America, as compared to Abbey Road, as described in Chapter 8?
(a) The monitor level in the Capitol control room was much louder than at Abbey Road.
(b) Capitol had no compressors.
(c) The monitor level in the Capitol control room was much lower than at Abbey Road.
(d) Capitol had better compressors.

11. George Martin's inspiration for AIR's second studio was The Manor, owned by whom?
(a) Rupert Neve.
(b) Mike Oldfield.
(c) Phil Ramon.
(d) Richard Branson.

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

13. George Martin and his second wife, Judy Lockhart-Smith, attended the Beatles' fancy dress party for "Magical Mystery Tour" as what characters?
(a) Peter Sellers and Cilla Black.
(b) A nun and a Cockney costermonger.
(c) Frank Sinatra and Sophia Loren.
(d) Prince Philip and the Queen.

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

15. George Martin converted a house in what New England town into a recording studio, to record Sea Train?
(a) Marblehead.
(b) Braintree.
(c) Cape Cod.
(d) Plymouth.

Short Answer Questions

1. What sound near the end of "Good Morning" sounded remarkably like the guitar at the beginning of "Sergeant Pepper", allowing for an easy fusion of "Good Morning" and the "Sergeant Pepper Reprise"?

2. As described in Chapter 14, AIR built its first studio where?

3. What three reasons does George Martin offer for some groups' desire not to work with a producer?

4. What album does George Martin cite, in Chapter 12, as the classic example of what a talented amateur can achieve with multi-track recording?

5. Which group of painters is George Martin's favorite?

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