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

2. Which group of painters is George Martin's favorite?
(a) The Expressionists.
(b) The Realists.
(c) The Impressionists.
(d) The Humanists.

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

4. 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) Rhythm, such as drums and bass.
(c) Extra bits, called sweetening.
(d) Harmonies, such as piano or guitar.

5. As described in Chapter 10, the British Post Office prevented the Mastersingers from singing a choral version of what?
(a) The history of British stamps.
(b) The telephone directory.
(c) Addresses of government officials.
(d) Postal employee regulations.

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 half-inch tape to produce a three-track recording, while Abbey Road used quarter-inch tape to produce two tracks.
(c) Capitol used one-inch tape to produce a three-track recording, while Abbey Road used half-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. How, according to George Martin, does a computer multiply 17 by 32?
(a) It will multiply 10 by 32, then multiply 7 by 32, then add the results together.
(b) It will add seventeen 32s together.
(c) It will add seventeen 30s together, then add seventeen 2s together, then combine the results.
(d) It will multiply 17 by 30, then multiply 17 by 2, then add the results together.

8. Why was George Martin shocked when he viewed "Crooks Anonymous", a film that he scored?
(a) The balance between percussion and other instruments was all wrong.
(b) The vocal track had been removed from the song that played during the opening credits.
(c) His movie score had been replaced with someone else's.
(d) The music was out of sync with the action.

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

10. George Martin states, throughout "All You Need Is Ears", that major change comes to the recording industry at what general interval of time?
(a) Every fifteen years.
(b) Every twenty years.
(c) Every twenty-five years.
(d) Every ten years.

11. What password did the Beatles invent, to warn each other about dubious fans approaching?
(a) Meanies.
(b) Cripples.
(c) Gizmo.
(d) Pepper.

12. As mentioned in Chapter 12, where did George Martin first meet the then-unknown composer, Randy Newman?
(a) A party in the Caribbean.
(b) A piano bar in Los Angeles.
(c) A recording studio in London.
(d) A musical factory in Hollywood.

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

14. What three reasons does George Martin offer for some groups' desire not to work with a producer?
(a) They want the glory that comes with producing themselves; they may fear a producer will steal their ideas; and they may worry a producer will rewrite their songs.
(b) They want the glory that comes with producing themselves; they may worry a producer will rewrite their songs; and they may feel a producer will inhibit their creativity.
(c) They may fear a producer will steal their ideas; they do not want to surrender a large percentage of the profits to an outsider; and they may feel a producer will inhibit their creativity.
(d) They want the glory that comes with producing themselves; they do not want to surrender a large percentage of the profits to an outsider; and they may feel a producer will inhibit their creativity.

15. Which Beatles song was the first to feature other musicians, in addition to the four Beatles and George Martin?
(a) "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
(b) "A Day in the Life".
(c) "Yesterday".
(d) "Paperback Writer".

Short Answer Questions

1. What record, produced by George Martin, was the first record taken to the moon?

2. For which movie did George Martin receive his first and only Academy Award nomination?

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

4. After completion of AIR's first studio, what sort of studio did George Martin next want to create?

5. George Martin wrote the musical score for which Michael Caine film, following the success of "Yellow Submarine"?

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