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

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

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

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

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) The rhythms and vocals could be recorded separately.
(c) If a mistake were made on one track, the other track would compensate.
(d) Two songs could be recorded on one section of tape.

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

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

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

9. At EMI, what did engineer Charlie Anderson do when a photographer wanted to take pictures of a recording artist in the studio?
(a) Remove all microphones from the room.
(b) Rearrange the microphones in impossible ways so no one could study his techniques.
(c) Deny their request.
(d) Offer them standard publicity glossies.

10. Why did George Martin leave EMI, even though they ultimately agreed to pay him a commission as he requested?
(a) The deal was structured in such a sneaky way that, after subtracting overhead, George Martin would actually owe EMI money.
(b) If he received a commission, he would no longer be allowed to work with established artists, including the Beatles.
(c) If he received a commission, he would receive no salary.
(d) EMI wanted to tie the commission to a specific profit range.

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

12. Which Beatles associate died from an accidental overdose in August 1967?
(a) Pete Best.
(b) Brian Epstein.
(c) Neil Aspinall.
(d) Magic Alex.

13. Who found a solution to the noise problem caused by extra tracks multiplying hiss and crackle?
(a) Dick James.
(b) George Martin.
(c) Thomas Dolby.
(d) Dr. Ray Dolby.

14. In what year was "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" recorded?
(a) 1967.
(b) 1970.
(c) 1969.
(d) 1968.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How did the recording tape used at Capitol in 1958 differ from the tape used at Abbey Road?

2. In Chapter 8, in George Martin's layer cake metaphor, what was the first layer in a four-track recording?

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

4. In the 1950s studios had A&R men, meaning what?

5. What was the dream of George Martin's childhood, as revealed in Chapter 12?

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