Tuesday, March 1, 2022
The Beatles 1 album and a "single" of "Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane" are now available to stream in Dolby Atmos sound in new mixes by Giles Martin.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Giles Martin discusses mixing the Beatles to "spatial sound" - discussion of remixing earlier albums
An interesting exchange here about potential remixing of earlier Beatles albums:
The software is getting a lot better. I’m constantly looking at how we would approach it if I ever get to [remix] Revolver or Rubber Soul, early albums, which a lot of people want me to do. That’s a good example of, “How do we do that?” How do I make sure that John or Paul’s vocal isn’t just in the right-hand speaker, but also make sure that his guitar doesn’t follow him if I put it in the center? On “Taxman,” the guitar, the bass, and drums are all on one track! That’s why the record is basically on the left-hand side, and then there’s a shaker on the right-hand side of the center.
So you want to wait for the source-separation software to continue to improve.
That’s right. Despite the constant requests I get on Twitter or whatever to do these albums, I want to make sure that we can do a good job, and do a beneficial job. You’ve got to make sure that you’re doing things at the right time for the technology.
Monday, December 2, 2019
The album will be played over a Dolby Atmos system with "speakers all around the listeners - even above their heads," the Liverpool Echo reports.
"People will become fully immersed in a soundscape, which is unlike any other. For me, it's like imagining falling through the vinyl of a record and and into this world where you're surrounded by The Beatles," Martin said. "It's like sitting in Abbey Road's Studio 2 and having The Beatles play for you."
"Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Immersive Experience" will be presented at National Museums Liverpool's Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building at the Royal Albert Dock. The event is a collaboration between Tate Liverpool, National Museums Liverpool and Apple Corps Ltd. More information here.
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
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Friday, February 19, 2016
The 10th anniversary celebration with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison is this July, and we want to use the new technology and projection and choreography that wasn’t available to us a decade ago.In a separate story, Giles Martin details some of the show's musical upgrades.
We looked at it color-wise, happy-wise, also of what we can give back and take the show even higher. It’s true that we have taken many steps. We’re touching everything, so there will be a lot of new projection content. We also have new images of The Beatles that we didn’t have 10 years ago.
We didn’t have archives of The Beatles themselves, and that went into the show now because we have that confidence with ourselves, Cirque and Apple. That relationship is one that has gone very well, so those possibilities are there now.
Is “I Am the Walrus” really working? What if we put “Twist and Shout” here? I played the music to Paul — he never understood why “Walrus” was there anyway. He said, “It’s not in the context.” So we thought let’s put in “Twist and Shout.” It’s a very vibrant song.Giles also mentions in the story that he's currently working on the music featuring in Ron Howard's upcoming documentary about the Beatles' live performance years.
A great story about a prank George Harrison played on Phil Collins.
Via Meet the Beatles for Real: When Paul McCartney returned to the Cavern - 1968.
A Kenyan nature conservancy has named a baby rhino after Ringo Starr.
Three years ago, to help bring awareness to the battle against poaching, Ringo changed the main page of his website to the photo of a baby rhino. With Ringo's name, this baby rhino -- and many others -- might have a little better chance of survival.
... Much to our delight, Ringo Starr replied that he'd be honored to have a baby rhino named after him and could help us spread the word.
The man who designed the posters for most of the Beatles' significant Merseyside shows is creating one to celebrate the Cavern Club's 60th anniversary.
Tony Booth, who is now 82, was discovered by Beatles manager Brian Epstein on Whitechapel when he was in his early 20s, and he went on to create some of the promotional material which helped to launch their early careers.
...He said: “I hand-painted most of The Beatles gig posters during the early 60s, but the posters also included many other top groups of the time, including Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Undertakers, the Big Three, the Remo Four – the list is endless.”
Ringo Starr's Twitter account was hi-jacked by pranksters last weekend, resulting in one message saying "f*** the Beatles" and another suggesting One Direction's was "a bit smelly."
In more humiliating Beatles news, Paul McCartney was turned away from a Grammys after-party hosted by Tyga because he wasn't recognized by bouncers.
Paul was joined by Beck and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins as he got turned away, after which he could be heard joking while sharing his surprise.Tyga, whoever he is, later tweeted:
'How VIP do we gotta get? We need another hit, guys. We need another hit,' the music icon said, jokingly adding: 'Work on it!'
"Why would I deny @PaulMcCartney stop it. He's a legend," he wrote. "I don't control the door. I had no knowledge SIR PAUL was there. I just performed and left."
A funny story from Giles Martin, who'd stuck a news article about his involvement in the Beatles' "Love" show on his refrigerator.
“A few months ago, my housekeeper pulled the story off the fridge and read it,” Martin said, laughing. “I come home, and she says to me, ‘You know Paul McCartney?’ She seriously had no idea who I was or what I did, and she’s been working for me for more than a year.”
“Then she says, ‘I walked by Abbey Road (studios) and saw where they walked across the street (for the “Abbey Road” cover shoot) and saw the outside of the studios,’”
Martin said. “I said, ‘You know, you can go inside. You can tour it.”
So Martin wound up taking his housekeeper on a tour of Abbey Road. She was positively thrilled.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Video: The Beatles LOVE | Behind-the-Scenes of Life is Beautiful Festival Performance | Cirque du Soleil
The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil performed with members of The Las Vegas Philharmonic at Life is Beautiful. Members of The Las Vegas Philharmonic performed a 40-minute tribute to The Beatles, playing original scores adapted specifically for Life is Beautiful under the guidance of The Beatles LOVE Music Director Giles Martin. The set included a captivating performance from LOVE featuring more than 50 dancers and aerialists from its resident production at The Mirage in Las Vegas. Here's an inside look at how Giles Martin, and the Las Vegas Philharmonic collaborated to create this one-of-a-kind showcase.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
The Philharmonic will perform the music Oct. 26 as part of the Life Is Beautiful festival accompanied by Cirque du Soleil dancers.
The set will last about 40 to 45 minutes, with a 20-minute segment of music followed by a full-scale Cirque production number powered by the full orchestra.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Read an excerpt from the Martin interview here.
"I'm mixing for the film. I'm not mixing for some sort of crazy release. It's not like a 'LOVE' thing. I'm mixing for the film, so I want to make people feel like they're hearing the records that they know, but I want them to feel closer to them. That's my goal. I want them to feel what I feel when I listen to the tape in the studio. I want people to feel the energy. That's the other key thing to me. The Beatles weren't old when they recorded those songs. I want that to come out. Sometimes, if need be, to create ambient sound, we'd do something like put 'She Loves You' on playback in [Abbey Road's] Studio 2, and then record the band in the room, if you like, to create surround that way."