All You Need Is Ears Test | Final Test - Hard

George Martin
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How far above the original floor does the studio floor at AIR's first studio float?

2. Which Beatles associate died from an accidental overdose in August 1967?

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

4. At the time "All You Need Is Ears" was written, anyone wanting to become a professional record producer had what two options, according to George Martin in Chapter 12?

5. Regarding orchestration, what does George Martin offer as the secret to good string writing?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does George Martin compare multi-track recording to a four-layer cake, as described in Chapter 8?

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

3. How is a click track used in scoring a film?

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

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

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

7. Why did the creators of the James Bond film, "Live and Let Die", want someone other than songwriter Paul McCartney to sing the title song?

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

9. What was the first film scored by George Martin, and why does he refer to the process as a nightmare?

10. For the film, "The Family Way", what sort of tune did George Martin ask Paul McCartney to write, and what strategy did he employ when Paul McCartney was slow to comply?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are some of the major achievements of the Beatles, under the wing of George Martin, that make them the most successful and influential band in rock history? What barriers did they break, shocking at the time, that seem perhaps less radical in retrospect?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the formation of AIR. Detail the design and construction of its first studio in London and its residential studio in Montserrat.

Essay Topic 3

How does George Martin string together the various periods of his life, both professional and personal, and how does he interweave more technical discussions about music, architecture, filmmaking, and technology? Chapter by chapter, how does the book flow to create a cohesive autobiography?

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