Giles Martin on ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years’

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Working with renowned director Ron Howard, Giles Martin harnessed the power of Pro Tools to bring to life the audio for the Grammy-award winning documentary movie, ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years’.

The movie, which was honoured with the award for ‘Best Music Film’ at this year’s Grammy Awards, captures the exhilarating kick of ‘Beatlemania’ as the band toured 15 countries between 1963 and 1966.

Giles Martin, alongside Abbey Road’s James Clarke and previous Grammy award winner, Sam Okell, utilized Avid’s pioneering audio technology at Abbey Road studios to manipulate original recordings to create and mix the film’s audio and soundtrack. This included the arduous task of removing the audience screams from the master recordings of a number of seminal live performances, and working with Howard closely culminating in a legendary cohesive narrative.

“When I met Ron Howard for the first time here at Abbey Road, he asked “What do you think we should do with this film?” For me, it was about getting every fan, young or old, a ticket to a Beatles show, and so I said to him “I want to know what it’s like to see the Beatles play live”. Luckily he agreed, and said “Great! That’s exactly what I want to do!”

Created entirely of archived concert footage and fan-sourced clips, Eight Days a Week offers an inside glance into some exclusive and career defining moments across the band’s illustrious career, including the chance to hear the very first time the Beatles were played over U.S. radio on December 17th, 1963, the band’s hysteria-making American television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, and Lennon’s controversial remark that the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus!”

Click here to watch more interviews with Giles Martin on his illustrious career continuing The Beatles’ legacy.

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