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George Martin
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What problem was discovered at AIR, while Laurence Olivier was recording "Julius Caesar"?
(a) A squeaky floorboard.
(b) Overly sensitive microphones.
(c) Poor air circulation.
(d) The walls weren't soundproof.

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

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

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

5. 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) He sells them in order to maintain and upgrade his studios.
(c) They adorn the side walls of his shelving units.
(d) He donates them to music schools to inspire young people.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The "Yellow Submarine" story was written by Erich Segal, who later found fame with what novel-turned-film?

3. In what year did George Martin receive the Britannia Award for being the top British record producer of the past twenty-five years?

4. The Beatles' friend, Magic Alex, came up with what hypothetical invention to replace lights?

5. As described early in Chapter 8, what was one of the main reasons George Martin enjoyed working with the Beatles?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why, as described in Chapter 10, did George Martin become increasingly frustrated with EMI?

2. What sites did George Martin consider for AIR's second studio, a residential complex, and where was it ultimately constructed?

3. What sorts of diversions did the Beatles create, in order to get in and out of their hotel rooms in the U.S.?

4. Briefly summarize George Martin's predictions for the future, as of 1979, regarding the use of digital recording.

5. In what way was the construction of the first AIR studio innovative, as described in Chapter 14?

6. What main advantage did George Martin gain from EMI, as a result of creating gold records with the Beatles?

7. Briefly describe the controversy surrounding John Lennon's comparison of the Beatles and Jesus.

8. How is a compressor used in a recording studio?

9. Describe the early founding of AIR, Associated Independent Recording.

10. What inspired the Beatles to present "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" as a concept album?

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