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Multiple Choice Questions

1. George Martin's new business, AIR, is an acronym for what?
(a) Artists Independently Recording.
(b) Artistic Institute of Recording.
(c) Associated Independent Records.
(d) Associated Independent Recording.

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

3. Who was the first artist recorded by George Martin at AIR's first studio?
(a) Mike Oldfield.
(b) The Beatles.
(c) Cilla Black.
(d) America.

4. The Beatles' friend, Magic Alex, came up with what hypothetical invention to replace lights?
(a) A curtain that would glow when connected by two anodes.
(b) A curtain that would glow in the dark.
(c) A spray-on wall paint that would glow when connected by two anodes.
(d) A spray-on wall paint that would glow in the dark.

5. In what year did George Martin receive the Britannia Award for being the top British record producer of the past twenty-five years?
(a) 1979.
(b) 1969.
(c) 1972.
(d) 1977.

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

7. What is the double meaning of the title of Chapter 15?
(a) It is both the title of a Beatles song and a reference to his fears about the future.
(b) It is both the title of a Cilla Black song and a reference to his predictions for the future.
(c) It is both the title of a Beatles song and a reference to his predictions for the future.
(d) It is both the title of a Cilla Black song and a reference to his fears about the future.

8. What album does George Martin cite, in Chapter 12, as the classic example of what a talented amateur can achieve with multi-track recording?
(a) Winter Consort's "Icarus".
(b) The Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper".
(c) Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells".
(d) America's "History".

9. In the recording studio, what is the function of the compressor?
(a) Lowering the volume of the loudest sounds and enhancing the quietest sounds.
(b) Allowing the use of a smaller studio.
(c) Providing quiet heating and cooling to the studio.
(d) Protecting the hearing of musicians and engineers.

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

11. 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) Beatle t-shirts.
(b) Collarless suits.
(c) Skinny-legged pants.
(d) Beatle wigs.

12. What is George Martin's explanation for the song title, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds"?
(a) Lucy was a stewardess on a flight taken by John Lennon shortly before he wrote the lyrics.
(b) Lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, an illegal psychedelic drug.
(c) The song was a tribute to John Lennon's mother, Lucy, who often wished for a diamond ring.
(d) John Lennon's son, Julian, had drawn a picture of his friend, Lucy, floating in a black sky full of stars.

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

14. What did George Martin predict would happen soon after publication of "All You Need Is Ears", regarding holography?
(a) Holographic discs.
(b) Holographic music.
(c) Full-color transmission.
(d) Stereo transmission.

15. As stated in Chapter 8, in what year did George Martin make his first trip to America?
(a) 1968.
(b) 1958.
(c) 1962.
(d) 1964.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why did George Martin ultimately agree, in 1976, to score the "Sergeant Pepper" film featuring the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton?

2. As described in Chapter 10, why did George Martin hesitate to honor John Lennon's request to fuse two versions of "Strawberry Fields"?

3. In 1979, George Martin predicted the now-common change from analog to what sort of recording?

4. The "Yellow Submarine" story was written by Erich Segal, who later found fame with what novel-turned-film?

5. How does George Martin describe the result, when a recording is overcompressed?

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