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George Martin
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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. George Martin describes John Lennon and Paul McCartney as the main talent of the Beatles, and describes George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and himself as what?
(a) Overrated talents.
(b) Overshadowed talents.
(c) Subsidiary talents.
(d) Marginal talents.

5. While recording the twenty-four-bar climax for "A Day in the Life", George Martin told the orchestra to disobey a fundamental rule by doing what?
(a) They were told not to listen to their neighbors.
(b) They were told not to sit in their usual seats, but to mix the different sections of the orchestra.
(c) He did not tell them to disobey a fundamental rule.
(d) They were told not to tune their instruments.

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

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

8. In the recording industry, what does the acronym ADT stand for?
(a) Artificial double-tracking.
(b) Auditory decibel tones.
(c) Artificial double-tones.
(d) Auditory double-tracking.

9. 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 did not like his newest album cover, featuring a TWA airliner.
(c) Sinatra wanted to record some Beatles tracks.
(d) Sinatra did not like the quality of the studio equipment.

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

11. 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 vocalists could sing without hearing each other.
(c) Two songs could be recorded on one section of tape.
(d) If a mistake were made on one track, the other track would compensate.

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

14. Which Beatle sang the title song in the James Bond film scored by George Martin?
(a) George Harrison.
(b) Ringo Starr.
(c) John Lennon.
(d) Paul McCartney.

15. Why did George Martin ultimately agree, in 1976, to score the "Sergeant Pepper" film featuring the Bee Gees and Peter Frampton?
(a) The Bee Gees asked him to do it.
(b) The Beatles asked him to do it.
(c) His wife reminded him that if someone else did the job, he wouldn't be there to defend the music's integrity.
(d) He desperately needed money.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter 12, George Martin reveals that he uses his collection of gold, silver, and platinum discs for what purpose?

3. George Martin converted a house in what New England town into a recording studio, to record Sea Train?

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. What does George Martin describe as one of his biggest hurts, during the Pepper era?

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