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

2. 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.

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

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

5. 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) Rhythm, such as drums and bass.
(c) The lead voice.
(d) Extra bits, called sweetening.

6. In Chapter 12, George Martin reveals that he uses his collection of gold, silver, and platinum discs for what purpose?
(a) They paper the walls of one room in his house.
(b) They adorn the side walls of his shelving units.
(c) He donates them to music schools to inspire young people.
(d) He sells them in order to maintain and upgrade his studios.

7. In Chapter 10, which Beatle does George Martin describe as an aural Salvador Dali?
(a) George Harrison.
(b) Paul McCartney.
(c) Ringo Starr.
(d) John Lennon.

8. In the 1950s studios had A&R men, meaning what?
(a) Acoustic and Reverberation men.
(b) Artists and Repertoire men.
(c) Assimilation and Recruitment men.
(d) Audio and Recording men.

9. George Martin wrote the musical score for which James Bond film?
(a) "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".
(b) "Diamonds Are Forever".
(c) "Goldfinger".
(d) "Live and Let Die".

10. Which small American record label released "She Loves You" after Capitol Records refused?
(a) EMI Records.
(b) Swan Records.
(c) Decca Records.
(d) VJ Records.

11. 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.

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

13. In Chapter 10 George Martin describes his disappointment with EMI, due to their unwillingness to pay him a bonus, using what British turn of phrase?
(a) Let's blow this pop-stand.
(b) Sod this for a lark.
(c) Blow this for a lark.
(d) Sod this for a game of soldiers.

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

15. George Martin wrote the musical score for which Michael Caine film, following the success of "Yellow Submarine"?
(a) "The Man Who Would Be King".
(b) "Pulp".
(c) "Alfie".
(d) "Gambit".

Short Answer Questions

1. What album does George Martin cite, in Chapter 12, as the classic example of what a talented amateur can achieve with multi-track recording?

2. 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?

3. Why was George Martin shocked when he viewed "Crooks Anonymous", a film that he scored?

4. During the Beatles' first trip to America, why did Alan Livingston attempt to keep George Martin away from press conferences and the limelight?

5. In what year was "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" recorded?

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