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010 It's Gonna Be Alright: The Revolution Trilogy — Part II

9/9/2019
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In examining the making of the third version of Revolution (after Revolution 1 and Revolution 9), we talk to musician and composer Casey McAllister to consider the origins of the recording’s intro; author and producer Jerry Hammack fills us in on how The Beatles got that memorable guitar sound; and former New York Times music critic Allan Kozinn shows us how all three versions of Revolution taken together tell a particular kind of story. MUSIC “Do Unto Others” by Pee Wee Crayton “You...

Duration:02:28:32

009 It's Gonna Be Alright: The Revolution trilogy - Part I

7/22/2019
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Sparked by the air of social upheaval in 1968, John's song "Revolution" spawned three very different recordings: “Revolution 1,” “Revolution 9,” and “Revolution” (the single version). Today in the first of a two part episode, we look at how “Revolution 1” gave birth to “Revolution 9,” and discover the mesmerizing missing link between the two. Former New York Times music critic Allan Kozinn helps us deconstruct “Revolution 9,” and to make sense of why John created such a challenging recording...

Duration:00:43:30

Upcoming Side Project: Sister Tempest soundtrack

4/21/2019
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I’ll be composing and producing music for an upcoming independent horror film called Sister Tempest. Please listen to this brief message for details about the film, and check out the kickstarter page for this project to learn how you can contribute. Thanks!

Duration:00:01:16

008 Producing an "Unproduced" Album - Get Back/Let It Be

3/11/2019
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With Apple’s announcement that Peter Jackson will be reworking the Let It Be footage, we go back to the actual sessions to examine this period from George Martin’s perspective. Martin and The Beatles advanced the use of the recording studio in a variety of creative ways, but what would happen if they took away their method of building a recording with layers of intricate overdubs and played everything live? On the Get Back/Let It Be project, the Beatles did just that, setting aside the...

Duration:00:34:02

007 Changing Speeds - The 'Varispeed' Technique

12/31/2018
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Building off George Martin’s half-speed, wind up piano technique (covered in Episode 1), The Beatles and their producer used varispeed — variable speed recording — to alter the sound of instruments, vocals, and even entire rhythm tracks of songs. These alterations changed the textures of these parts in sometimes subtle, and sometimes dramatic ways. Today, we examine how Martin and The Beatles used this technique on six recordings from 1966 to 68, and we invite pianist Jesse Reeks back to...

Duration:00:20:01

006 Not So Simple - "From Me To You" and other early singles

11/19/2018
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The Beatles’ first four singles seem to be fairly straightforward live studio recordings, but George Martin expended a good bit of effort to polish these songs up for release. Today, we listen through the session tapes for The Beatles’ third single, “From Me To You,” to trace Martin’s process for crafting the record, and we’ll discuss how Martin applied the same process in the recording of The Beatles’ other early singles. We also talk with writer and music producer Jerry Hammack, who helps...

Duration:00:25:15

005 The clarinet score for "When I'm Sixty-Four"

10/29/2018
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“When I’m Sixty-Four” is Paul McCartney’s nostalgic throwback to British music hall, and a tribute to his father, Jim McCartney. Today, we examine George Martin’s iconic clarinet score for the song, and consider how much Paul had a hand in writing that score. We’ll also go into the recording studio to recreate the clarinet score with three musicians, led by John Reeks, Professor of Music at Loyola University, and we’ll break the score down to see what we can learn about its construction and...

Duration:00:25:15

004 The Beatles on Multitrack, Part 2

10/15/2018
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In the second half of our brief overview of how George Martin and The Beatles used multitrack recording, we’ll hear how they pushed four-track recording to its breaking point, and we’ll learn how they managed the complex arrangements on Sgt Pepper with such limited means. We’ll also hear how the band’s jump to eight-track recording during the White Album sessions reflected a shift in their relationship with their producer, and how they were still pushing the limits of recording technology...

Duration:00:16:52

003 The Beatles on Multitrack, Part 1

10/1/2018
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One of the most fascinating aspects of The Beatles’ career is how, with George Martin’s guidance, they advanced the art of recording as they went from twin track to four track to eight track tape. Today, we examine how The Beatles progressed from learning the basics of the studio on twin track, to realizing the creative possibilities of four track. To understand how their ideas developed, we’ll listen to individual tracks from six multitrack recordings from 1963-66, and consider George...

Duration:00:25:29

003 The Beatles on Multitrack, Part 1

10/1/2018
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One of the most fascinating aspects of The Beatles’ career is how, with George Martin’s guidance, they advanced the art of recording as they went from twin track to four track to eight track tape. Today, we examine how The Beatles progressed from learning the basics of the studio on twin track, to realizing the creative possibilities of four track. To understand how their ideas developed, we’ll listen to individual tracks from six multitrack recordings from 1963-66, and consider George...

Duration:00:25:29

002 Look At Him Working - Writing the string score for "Eleanor Rigby"

9/17/2018
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A page from George Martin’s handwritten manuscript for “Eleanor Rigby” George Martin’s score for “Eleanor Rigby” builds on the classical string quartet form that the producer introduced The Beatles to on the song “Yesterday.” In this episode, we examine the writing and recording of the score with cellist Karen Ray, and we also consider Martin’s unusual source of inspiration for this dramatic piece of music. MUSIC “The Road,” from Fahrenheit 451 by Bernard Herrmann “Pavane for a Dead...

Duration:00:20:59

001 Wind Up Piano - The "In My Life" solo and more

9/3/2018
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George Martin’s memorable piano solo for “In My Life” was one of his favorite contributions to any Beatles recording. In this episode, we examine the special technique Martin used to capture this solo on tape, as well as how he used this same technique in a variety of other recordings. We also look into Martin's background as a pianist, and we sit down with the organist from St Louis Cathedral, Jesse Reeks, to discuss the origins of this solo in Baroque music. George Martin's piano solo for...

Duration:00:21:28

Producing The Beatles - Podcast Intro

8/16/2018
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Welcome to the podcast dedicated to exploring the revolutionary collaboration between producer George Martin and The Beatles. Join us each episode as we not only discuss the making of Beatles songs from their producer's point of view, but also examine different aspects of George Martin's unique approach to production. Permalink

Duration:00:02:06