Why is Strawberry Fields Forever in A half-sharp major?


From David Bennett Piano.

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The recording of Strawberry Fields Forever was a long and experimental process, and it was this process that left the finished track meandering between the keys of A and Bb major. This odd, microtonal key centre is a lasting reminder of the groundbreaking studio engineering that pulled Strawberry Fields Forever out of John Lennon’s head and into reality!

The outro song is my original piece “Clap”, and it’s available right now on Spotify: https://sptfy.com/davidbennett

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Martin, G. “All You Need Is Ears”
Electrical Audio, Editing a Multitrack Tape: https://youtu.be/lYCIJhE_j_k
You Can’t Unhear This, The Craziest Edit in Beatles History: https://youtu.be/62HLZVVFRwU
George Martin interviewed by Andy Peebles (1982): https://youtu.be/imEsh4PMEIw
Paul McCartney demonstrates the Mellotron: https://youtu.be/tTKPW92ndUA
The Story of Strawberry Fields: https://youtu.be/AK1fof-6USA
Pollack, Notes on Strawberry Fields Forever: http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/sff.shtml
Aaron Krerowicz, The History of Strawberry Fields: https://www.aaronkrerowicz.com/beatles-blog/the-history-of-strawberry-fields-forever-part-12-the-splice
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J. Brennan, Putting Together the Pieces of Strawberry Fields: http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/beatles/strawberry-fields.html
EverySoundThereIs, Tune Down For Strawberry Fields: http://www.everysoundthereis.com/2017/04/tune-down-for-what-strawberry-fields.html

An extra special thanks goes to Vidad Flowers, Jon Dye, Austin Russell, Christopher Ryan, Toot & Paul Peijzel, the channel’s Patreon saints! 😇

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