Beatles' Lectures Take Audience Into the Studio

by Ann Pierret
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Scott Freiman

A Westchester County man is giving Beatles fans a glimpse behind the music of the Fab Four.

Scott Freiman of Irvington spends his week traveling back and forth between New York, Nashville, and Los Angeles. He's the CEO of Qwire, a software company for the music industry. But, Freiman also finds time to give a series of multimedia lectures that focus on how the Beatles created their music in the studio.
 
"I talk about the inspiration behind the songs, I talk about the technology they used and other techniques, and it's all done with rare audio and video," he says. 
 
Freiman collects the rare materials from different sources. He grew up as a classically trained pianist and is now a professional musician. Freiman has a studio at home where he manipulates tracks to illustrate certain points about the composition. 
 
Freiman's friends are the ones who got him started with the lectures. He says he did it for other musicians, as a get together. Eventually, they encouraged him to give the lectures at colleges and theatres. Freiman recalls, "It just took off!" 
 
His audiences range from people who love the Beatles to those who don't know a lot about them, including the younger generation all the way to people in their 80s and 90s. 
 
Freiman says it's a tough choice but his favorite song to deconstruct is Strawberry Fields Forever. 
 
"Not only is it an amazing song that really did change popular music, but there's a long history of recordings of Lennon working on the demo and then the Beatles working in the studio, so you can really see how it came to life," Freiman explains. 
 
Freiman will be giving two of these lectures Monday and one on Wednesday. They're at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville. 
 
For more information on Scott Freiman, his upcoming lectures, and how to purchase tickets, you can visit his website: beatleslectures.com.

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