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Beatle Mania: Behind the Sound of the Beatles
May 11, 2009, 9:59 pm
Filed under: Artist Talks

On Thursday, May 7, Miami’s music-loving community gathered in the Carnival Studio Theater at the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House to be in the presence of the recording engineer who was behind the magic of the Beatles revolutionary music. The Recording Academy (presenters of The GRAMMY® Awards) partnered with the Adrienne Arsht Center to present Here, There And Everywhere: My Life Recording The Music Of The Beatles — A Conversation With Geoff Emerick

Here, There and Everywhere

More than 200 Adrienne Arsht Center patrons representing local music professionals, anglophiles and Beatle maniacs were thrilled to hear story after story about the making of the music that is part of our collective global existence. A lesser-known Beatles fact that Mr. Emerick shared is that the Fab Four stopped doing live concert tours in 1966 choosing instead to focus on innovative recording techniques that “abused the standard equipment, but in a nice way.” Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of the best selling albums of all time, was one of the fruits of this experimentation and gave life to mind-bending, life-changing singles like “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “A Day in the Life,” which was the final track. It was for the song “A Day in the Life” that Ringo Starr is credited with one of his few artistic decisions: Not having the budget to hire a 90-piece orchestra, they hired a 45 players and Emerick dubbed them over twice! And the immortal “Strawberry Fields” is actually two different recordings in two different tempos, cut and glued together to make one seamless version.

After a generous question-and-answer period, the crowd cheered and gave a standing ovation in honor of this recording studio legend.Adrienne Arsht Center patron Tony Sinatra enthusiastically stated, “This is a wonderful space and to use it as a forum to bring the Miami community together is a great idea!”


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