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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does George Martin describe as one of his biggest hurts, during the Pepper era?
(a) He and his first wife divorced.
(b) Paul McCartney found someone else to score "She's Leaving Home", because of a minor scheduling conflict.
(c) John Lennon found someone else to score "Day in the Life", because of a minor scheduling conflict.
(d) He was not invited to be on the cover of the "Sergeant Pepper" album.

2. 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.

3. How many years after George Martin returned to England from America, did he finally receive his requested studio upgrades from EMI?
(a) Five.
(b) Three.
(c) Two.
(d) Four.

4. What does George Martin describe as a lifetime ambition in Chapter 12, unfulfilled when the book was written?
(a) Recording an album featuring himself as the vocalist.
(b) Becoming a grandfather.
(c) Becoming an Impressionist painter.
(d) Writing music for the ballet.

5. Which film won the Oscar for musical direction, in the year George Martin was nominated?
(a) "Doctor Zhivago".
(b) "The Sound of Music".
(c) "Mary Poppins".
(d) "My Fair Lady".

6. 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) America's "History".
(c) Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells".
(d) The Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper".

7. As described in Chapter 14, AIR built its first studio where?
(a) A private area in the Caribbean.
(b) A house in New England.
(c) A yacht formerly owned by the Yugoslavian government.
(d) At the top of an old department store in London, in what was once a restaurant for the gentry.

8. 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 twenty years.
(b) Every fifteen years.
(c) Every twenty-five years.
(d) Every ten years.

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

10. On George Harrison's "Within You Without You", what Indian violin is featured?
(a) The mayuri vina.
(b) The chikara.
(c) The charchari.
(d) The dilruba.

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

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

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

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

15. In 1979, George Martin predicted the now-common change from analog to what sort of recording?
(a) Digital.
(b) Mp3.
(c) Dialog.
(d) Sampling.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who found a solution to the noise problem caused by extra tracks multiplying hiss and crackle?

3. Which Beatles song was the first to feature other musicians, in addition to the four Beatles and George Martin?

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

5. Which Beatle sang the title song in the James Bond film scored by George Martin?

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