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Author Jackson, Brian M., author.

Title The music producer's survival guide : chaos, creativity, and career in independent and electronic music / Brian M. Jackson
Edition Second edition
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2018
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Series Sound on sound presents
Sound on sound presents
Contents Machine generated contents note: DIY. Independent. Electronic. Music. Producer -- What Is the Goal of This Book? -- How Is This Book Structured? -- What This Book Is Not -- Whom Is This Book For? -- Can I Get a Venn Diagram? -- DIY -- Independent (Indie) -- Electronic Music (EM) -- Few Words on Major Labels and the Corporate Media Business -- Magic Might Make Machine Mechanism, Moegen Macht -- Welcome to the Future -- Accidental Producer -- Faster, Smaller, Cheaper ... Easier? -- From Musician to Producer: An Author's Version -- One Thing Leads to Another: Positive Chaos -- Music Is Universal -- Music Is Diverse -- Music Is Technological -- Music Is Personal -- Music Is Vital -- Music Is Fundamental -- Nature Is Musical -- Music Is Mathematical -- Music Is Evolving -- Music's Evolution Is Chaotic -- Basic Dynamics of Genre Evolution -- Baker's Transformation -- Technology -- "Nothing Sounds Quite Like an 808" -- Arthur Baker's Baker's Transformation -- Very Brief Intro to the History of Electronic Music -- EM's Two Timbral Sources -- Source 1: Sound Reproduction -- Source 2: Sound Synthesis -- Independent Label Pioneers -- Jamaica, U.K., and New York -- American Punk, Metal, and Aggressive or Alternative Rock Styles -- Various Styles of Adventurous Rock, Underground Metal, and Industrial-Related Genres From Germany, U.K., U.S., and Canada -- Electronic Music Labels From US, Canada, Germany, and U.K -- Music Is Cybernetic -- Cadence -- Putting Things in Perspective -- Music Is More Than the Recording Industry -- Yo Ho Ho, and a Bottle of Rum -- Context Is Everything -- History ... zzZzz ..
Note continued: Bifurcation Theory -- Set Theory -- L-systems -- Chaos Theory -- Order Out of Chaos -- Fractal Geometry -- Self-Similarity
What's in It for Mel -- (Very Incomplete) Brief History of Everything -- Epoch 1: Back in the Day -- Epoch 2: Recent History -- Epoch 3: The 20th Century -- Epoch 4: The New Millennium -- Where Are We Now? -- Era 1: Local and Exclusive (? to 1877) -- Era 2: Transmission and Storage (1888 to 2000) -- Era 3: Global Information Networks (2001 to 20291?]) -- Era 4: Biotechnology Network Integration? (20290 to?) -- What Goes Around Comes Around -- Industry Expansion and Limited Access to Technology -- Industry Contraction and Expanded Access to Technology -- Parallel Teachable Moment From Recent History -- Where Is the RIAA's Equivalent of Deep Blue? -- Gains From Complexification -- Losses From Complexification -- Argument for the Industry -- Technology -- Economics -- Industry's Weak Argument -- P2P and CD Sales (Correlation Does Not Imply Causation) -- Other Factors -- Argument for Self-Destruction -- RIAA Failures + Apple Computer = Apple, Inc -- Emergence of the "Celestial Jukebox" -- What Is a "Producer"? -- Classic" Record Producer -- DIY/Independent Music/Producers -- Electronic Music Producer -- What Does "Professional" Mean? -- Aspiring Pro, Semi-Pro, or Serious Hobbyist -- Last Refrain -- Did You Choose This, or Did It Choose You? -- Sense of Direction -- Butterfly Effect -- Patience and Persistence -- Luck, Talent, Preparation, Opportunity, and Success -- Defining Your Goals -- Brainstorming -- Developing a Plan -- Possible Pieces of the Planning Puzzle -- Are You Already a Pro or Skilled in Something? -- Are You Just Getting Started (or Starting Over)? -- School -- Personalized Training -- Learning on the Job -- Moving -- Backup Plans Versus Alternate Paths -- Be Flexible -- Some Considerations, Strategies, and Options -- Technology and the Internet -- Before Skills Pay the Bills -- Paying the Bills With Your Skills -- Getting Paid -- You Are Your Business -- Advances -- Residual Income Is Awesome -- Personal Finances -- Be Involved -- Thoughts on Partnerships and Collaborations -- Planning Your Artistic Musical Identity -- Outro -- Multiple Intelligences and So-Called "Styles" of Learning -- Stages of Learning -- Developing and Integrating Specializations -- Big Four Production Holons -- Music -- Sound Design -- Tools/DAW -- Audio Engineering -- Skills Does Not a Skill Set Make -- Workflow: Putting It All Together -- Concretization of Potential -- From Start to Finish -- Learning Strategies -- Identifying Strengths -- Identifying Weaknesses -- Learning Sessions -- Outro -- Scenes and Communities -- Networking 101 -- Cast of Characters -- Connectors -- Mavens -- Salesmen -- Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies -- Vampires -- Werewolves -- Zombies -- Implications -- Final Thoughts, Tips, and Strategies -- Scarcity Is Often an Illusion, Especially in the Realms of Cultural Currency -- Respect Others Dedicated to Their Craft Especially Veterans and Even Has-Beens -- What If You Really Don't Like Networking but You Know You Need to Do It? -- Tips for Newbies on Interacting With Successful Artists -- Outro -- Keys to Success -- Plan and Prepare -- Create a Budget -- Time Management -- Separate Sessions -- Keep Things Moving Forward -- Working with Others -- (Social) Psychology -- Knowledge Is Power -- Communication -- Presets: Data Mining or Time-Saving Sound Designing? -- Yamaha DX7, Suspect Zero -- Presets, Complexification, and Proliferation -- Presets: Synths and Sample-Based Instruments -- Good File Management = Saved From Destruction -- Saving, Backing Up, and Archiving -- What's in a Name? -- Saving, Exporting, Rendering, Bouncing, Printing -- Backing Up -- Archiving -- Transferring -- Upgrades and Updates -- Never Upgrade in the Middle of a Project! -- Synths, Samplers, and Sound Modules/ROMplers -- Things You Should Know -- Listen -- Avoid Distractions When Working -- If It's Not Broken -- Less Is More -- Bass -- Sound Selection and Voicing -- Watch Your Levels -- Art of Analysis -- Tips and Tricks on the Internet -- Regular Practice and Maintenance -- Outro -- There Is Nothing That Is Not Creative -- Unlimited Creativity, Limited Relevance -- Integration of Art and Science -- In the Beginning -- Gravity, Stars, Supernovae, and Black Holes -- Being Creative -- Influences and Originality -- Stages of Creative Process -- Defining Boundaries and Priorities -- Intentions and Mistakes -- Methods, Practices, and Techniques -- Let Your Subconscious Do the Work -- Isolation, Quiet, Focus, Clarity -- Sounds of Silence -- Meditation -- Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness (NOSC) -- Low to Moderate Risk -- Moderate to High Risk -- 20th Century Innovations -- Dada and the "Cut-Up" -- Surrealism and the Unconscious -- Assemblage and Bricolage -- Music Concrete -- Tape Music -- Aleatory Processes -- DUB, DUb, Dub, dub -- Practical Techniques -- Generate, Sift, Edit -- Jam Sessions -- Knob Twiddling -- Generative Approach -- Audio Processing -- Time Stretching -- Granular Synthesis and Resynthesis -- It Slices, It Dices -- Not So Random -- Define Limitations -- "Bad" Cover Version -- Fake Score -- Play the Fool -- Daily Practice -- Time Limits, Deadlines, Pressure -- Creative Blocks -- When the Thrill Is Gone: Completing Ideas -- Outro -- Tools -- Creativity and Tools -- Users and Designers -- Users Influencing Designers That Influence Users That -- Moog -- Roll Your Own -- Tools of the Trade -- Analog and Digital, Hardware and Software -- Hardware -- Computer -- Audio Interface -- Instruments -- Speakers and Headphones -- Acoustics -- Microphones -- Preamps, Channel Strips, and Other Outboard Gear -- Mixer, Monitoring, Control Room -- Furniture -- Necessary Accessories -- Software -- Digital Audio Workstation -- Basic Considerations -- Specific Considerations -- Selecting Your DAW -- Avid Pro Tools -- Apple Logic -- Ableton Live -- Few Other Considerations -- Subjective Terms and Hype Words -- Listening Decisions and A/B Comparisons -- Your Setup -- Using Software Without a License -- Bits Want to Travel -- Facts of the Matter -- Why You Should Care Even If You Are Broke -- Early in Your Career and Implications for Later On -- Ways to Legally Get Your Software Cheap or Free -- Outro -- Trust Me: I'm an Engineer -- Fish Doesn't Know It Is Wet -- Vital Holons Versus Sex, Drugs, Rock N' Roll -- Faster and Faster -- Balance -- Not Unlike a House of Cards -- Protect Your Hearing!!! -- Science (In Brief) -- Earplugs: Get to Know Them Well -- Earbuds and Headphones -- Avoid RSI at All Costs -- What Are the Symptoms? -- How to Avoid RSI -- Ergonomics and Good Posture -- Breaks -- Follow The Four Pillars of Health -- Four Pillars of Health -- (Alternative) Medicine -- Ambient Temperature of Your Mood -- Diet -- Your Diet -- What to Minimize: A Short List -- What to Maximize: A Short List -- Exercise -- Yoga -- Martial Arts -- Pilates -- Whole Body Vibration (WBV) -- Rest and Relaxation -- Sleep Aids -- Breathe -- Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) -- Set and Setting -- Pick Your Friends With Care -- Why Is Good Music So Often in Shady Places? -- Leading Edge of Gentrification -- This Is Your Brain On ... -- Last Call -- Producer's Mindset -- #Trending -- Like a Flock of Birds -- There Is Always More -- Finale -- Motivations and Perspectives -- Hank Shocklee -- Interview -- Hillary Johnson (Earthlight Room, Avatar Studios) -- Interview -- John Jansen (UNH/SAE) -- Interview -- Laura Escude (Alluxe/Electronic Creatives) -- Interview -- Stanley Jungleib (Seer Systems, Sequential Circuits) -- Interview -- Eric Hoegemeyer (Rust Belt/Tree Laboratory) -- Interview -- Jason Drummond (DJ Spun/Rong Music) -- Interview -- Complexity Studies -- Systems Theory -- Cybernetics -- Emergence
Summary A music-career book like no other, The Music Producer's Survival Guide offers a wide-ranging, exploratory, yet refreshing down-to-earth take on living the life of the independent electronic music producer. If you are an intellectually curious musician/producer eager to make your mark in today's technologically advanced music business, you're in for a treat. This new edition includes industry and technological updates, additional interviews, and tips about personal finances, income, and budgets. In this friendly, philosophical take on the art and science of music production, veteran producer, engineer, and teacher Brian Jackson shares clear, practical advice about shaping your own career in today's computer-centric "home-studio" music world. You'll cover music technology, philosophy of music production, career planning, networking, craft and creativity, the DIY ethos, lifestyle considerations, and much more. Brian's thoughtful approach will teach you to integrate your creative passion, your lifestyle, and your technical know-how. The Music Producer's Survival Guide is the first music-production book to consider the influence of complexity studies and chaos theory on music-making and career development. It focuses on practicality while traversing a wide spectrum of topics, including essential creative process techniques, the TR-808, the proliferation of presets, the butterfly effect, granular synthesis, harmonic ratios, altered states, fractal patterns, the dynamics of genre evolution, and much more. Carving out your niche in music today is an invigorating challenge that will test all your skills and capacities. Learn to survive--and thrive--as a creative-technical professional in today's music business, with the help of Brian Jackson and The Music Producer's Survival Guide!
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Sound recording executives and producers.
Sound recordings -- Production and direction -- Vocational guidance
Sound recordings -- Production and direction.
MUSIC -- Instruction & Study -- Theory.
Sound recording executives and producers.
Sound recordings -- Production and direction.
TECHNOLOGY -- Acoustics & Sound.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315519747