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George Martin Electronic career.
« on: October 08, 2007, 10:35:28 AM »

Just reading about Mr M and saw he released an electronic dance single (bless him) in 1962 called Time Beat. Has anyone heard this, or have a copy of it?
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2007, 10:46:21 AM »

This has got to be something done with the Radiophonic Workshop. They were inovators in electronic sounds, long before the likes of The Beatles used a moog. Presumably, Martin's earlier involvement with them made it easier for the Beatles to get some of their more unconventional ideas across.
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2007, 10:57:48 AM »

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This has got to be something done with the Radiophonic Workshop. They were inovators in electronic sounds, long before the likes of The Beatles used a moog. Presumably, Martin's earlier involvement with them made it easier for the Beatles to get some of their more unconventional ideas across.


Definately. In 1962 Martins background in novelty music would have seemed a real liabilty. What an asset it turned out to be. God knows what would have happened. Imagine if the band had ended up with some Loog-Oldham type flyboy.
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2007, 11:16:32 AM »

I think he he gives it a mention in his 'All You Need Is Ears' autobiography....Must check n see at some point.
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2007, 11:25:05 AM »

I've never read a biography of George Martin, and now I'm interested. I've often wondered how a man who was a classically trained musician, and producer of comedy records, could be so open to some of the more unconventional ideas that were thrown at him.
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2007, 11:32:43 AM »

There's a copy of Time Beat on ebay so I'll see how it goes.
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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2007, 11:40:26 AM »

Strange, they don't mention George Martin in the auction. I would have thought it would have made a good selling point for Beatles collectors.
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2007, 11:46:47 AM »

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Strange, they don't mention George Martin in the auction. I would have thought it would have made a good selling point for Beatles collectors.

I noticed that. Maybe he doesn't know what he's got?
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2007, 12:00:21 PM »

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I noticed that. Maybe he doesn't know what he's got?

Nobody's bid yet either. This could mean that either nobody knows what it is, or everyone does, and they're all waiting until the last minute, Worth keeping an eye on, you might get a bargain.
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2007, 02:08:57 PM »

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« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2007, 08:27:58 AM »

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I wonder if, in 1962, had the Beatles heard this they would have been impressed/repulsed/indifferent? Or, how it might have changed THEIR music?! (Though, perhaps they did hear it and their composition catalog would have been much different otherwise ... ?).

My understanding is that Martin was actively seeking a rock band to record, so even if they had heard it and (in the very unlikely) event they wanted to go down the electronic road in 62 (I feel silly even suggesting that) Martin would have had them stick to the rock route.
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