George Martin, the Beatles producer who died Tuesday at age 90, did more than just help drive the Beatles phenomenon — he’s also credited with redefining the art of music production. The New York Times reports that Martin helped define the role of the producer in pop music as “equal parts technical master and creative enabler.”
“Mr. Martin was not the first star record producer, and he did not invent all of the techniques for which he is known,” The Times reports. “But he may have been the first in the rock era to be viewed as such an essential part of a major group throughout its career, and to help consistently push the boundaries of what was possible in the recording studio.”
The report adds: “Part of Mr. Martin’s genius was in the techniques that he and the engineers he worked with developed, or otherwise borrowed. While early Beatles records were full of clever, striking touches — like the complex, ringing chord at the start of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ — in time the band’s records became increasingly experimental, making use of backward recordings, spliced collages, artificially doubled vocals and instruments sped up or slowed down.”
We encourage readers to click on the link near the top of this story to read the full analysis in The Times.