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Monday, August 9, 2010

The Making Of "Strawberry Fields" Part 2

Here's Part 2 of The Making Of Strawberry Fields. It doesn't go into a lot of things I'd like to hear about like the double drum track on the record, but it does cover a few things that may be of interest to those of you into recording who weren't around back then.

1) Part 2 talks a lot about the use of the Mellotron (seen on the left), a keyboard instrument that used a tape of an orchestra or orchestral instrument under each key. We never think about it today because terrific orchestral samples abound, but back then a Mellotron was cutting-edge technology.

2) I love Sir George Martin's explanation of the outro of the song about how there were 11 people playing and it drifted out of time and Ringo eventually pulled it all back in. They just faded the track down until the rhythm straightened out, then faded it back up again. They were called geniuses for being so creative as a result. There's a good lesson here - from adversity comes creativity.

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1 comment:

Nate said...

"...ESPECIALLY 'Strawberry Fields'", John says. HA! I understand how he feels. But one can't imagine this song any different. Makes you wonder how John woulda re-done it. Thanks for sharing this!!


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