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Confessions of a Record Producer - 5th Edition, by Moses Avalon

To sign or not to sign with a label: that is the question. Here’s a thrilling book that supplies some answers about how to make intelligent decisions about contracts and deals in the music business.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (11-2016)

Book Reviews - Pioneers of Electronic Music: Four New(ish) Books from University of Illinois Press

Any serious student of electronic music and instrumentation may want to know of a new series of books about composers and the history of electronic music.

Read More by Warren Burt (09-2016)

Book Review: The Complete Singer Songwriter, by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers.

A book written for modern-times troubadours - but every producer who also wants to be an author can learn a great number of things from this book.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2016)

Book Review - Composing Electronic Music: A New Aesthetic by Curtis Roads

We consider an excellent and thorough survey introduction to the field of technologically produced music by a well-known expert in the field.

Read More by Warren Burt (01-2016)

Book Review – Designing Sound by Andy Farnell

If there’s anything Andy Farnell doesn’t know about sound – well, he could have fooled us. We look at this monumental tutorial on how sound works and how to create all manner of it.

Read More by David Baer (01-2016)

Book Review – Refining Sound by Brian K. Shepard

Looking for a clear, concise, accessible textbook on synthesis and synthesizers? Unless you’re already an advanced student, then look no further than this excellent book.

Read More by David Baer (09-2015)

Book Review – Words without Music by Philip Glass

Here we look at a memoir by one of the most famous contemporary composers, the prolific and widely-appreciated Philip Glass.

Read More by Warren Burt (07-2015)

Book Review - From Scratch: Writings in Music Theory by James Tenney

James Tenney (1934-2006) was a composer and computer music pioneer. If you’re at all interested in the history of music technology and its development, his writings are essential.

Read More by Warren Burt (07-2015)

Book Review – Making Music: 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers by Dennis DeSantis

Looking for some guidance on how to get your creative juices flowing, keep them flowing, and deliver finished masterworks? This book takes on the daunting task of offering advice on it all.

Read More by David Baer (07-2015)

Review - Pierre Schaeffer: In Search of a Concrete Music (Translated by Christine North and John Dack)

Pierre Schaeffer (1910-1995), was one of the founding fathers of music technology. An groundbreaking book by him, which has finally been translated into English, is reviewed.

Read More by Warren Burt (07-2014)

Book Review: Harmony for Computer Musicians

No matter what kind of music you are involved in, the harmonic foundations of the 18th and 19th centuries are probably of relevance to your composition. Here's a good resource for learning the subject.

Read More by David Baer (05-2014)

Book Review - “On the Sensations of Tone as a Physiological Basis for the Theory of Music” by Hermann von Helmholtz

Is a 150-year-old book that was to be the foundation for modern acoustics really still relevant today? You bet it is! Find out why.

Read More by David Townsend (03-2014)

Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise

Making music with animals is not just some hippy-dippy jamming in the woods, but a serious investigation of animal communication systems. Find out more in this book review.

Read More by Warren Burt (11-2013)

Power Tools for Studio One 2 and Studio One for Engineers & Producers from Hal Leonard Publishing House.

Publishing house Hal Leonard brings us two new books for Studio One users. Our reviewer initially wasn't expecting very much. He now stands corrected.

Read More by Aleksander Arsov (09-2013)

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