British Music Experience curator, Kevin McManus and award-winning record producer Steve Levine travel to Festival No.6 in North Wales this weekend as part of the festival's activities marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ ground breaking Album “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
At 1pm on Saturday 9 September, Kevin will be in conversation with Steve at the Dome Art Gallery, talking about the revolutionary production work of Beatle producer Sir George Martin. Steve first met George Martin in 1977, while working on Sailors fourth Album and their friendship became life-long. They shared a love of all things ‘record production’ and, when Steve won The Producer of the Year Brit Award, it was Sir George Martin who presented his award.
Steve discusses Sir George’s work as a producer, arranger and - through his experiments with sound - a true technical innovator. Highlights include; a close up look at both Martin's orchestration for “She's Leaving Home”; and the recording of “A Day In The Life”. Steve also recreates the famous mellotron sequence from the opening of “Strawberry Fields Forever” and shows how two different “takes” were stitched together to create the classic we all know.
Recent technological developments also give the audience an opportunity to hear some of the Beatles most famous songs in a completely new way. With the limitations of tape machines during the 1960s, it was necessary to either record or mix various instruments and voices onto the same track. Once committed to tape, there was no way of separating them. Now, through the use of revolutionary new software, audiences have the opportunity to hear some of these parts in isolation for the very first time.
Catch Kevin McManus in conversation with Steve Levine at the Dome Art Gallery, Festival No.6 at 1pm on Saturday 9 September 2017.