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The Art of Digital Music: 56 Visionary Artists and Insiders Reveal Their Creative Secrets

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This inspiring volume gathers the wisdom and groundbreaking techniques of 56 visionary artists, producers, programmers, provocateurs, instrument designers, label executives and industry leaders. Hear firsthand how the masters wield technology to create their amazing music the enclosed DVD features highlights from each interview.

You'll learn studio setup tips, secrets of sampling, creative quantization, ringtone tricks, production strategies, insights from video-game composers, insane distortion recipes, how to squeeze expression from loops, how to overcome software option anxiety, how to exploit happy accidents, and much more.

Derived from a year's worth of in-depth interviews, this book is a richly detailed journey into the heart of computer-aided creativity. Contributors include Glen Ballard, BT, LTJ Bukem, The Crystal Method, Chuck D, Thomas Dolby, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Jam, Alan Parsons, Phil Ramone, Todd Rundgren, Don Was, and many more.

The bonus DVD also includes: over 25 complete songs, live-performance videos, interactive Flash movies, royalty-free samples and loops by the artists, behind-the-scenes photos, and more.

Publishing Details
Written by: David Battino and Kelli Richards, Stewart Copeland (Foreword)
About the author:
David Battino grew up in a town with only six traffic lights but lots of community theater. By the time he left for Oberlin College, he had performed in numerous plays, musicals, choirs, and bands.

He graduated with a major in philosophy and a renewed love for making music, thanks to Oberlin's Technology in Music and Related Arts ( TIMARA) program. Flying to California on a one-way ticket, he did live sound design for theater, triggering original sound effects in sync with the actors' movements.

David spent a year in Japan as a Henry Luce Scholar, studying traditional Japanese instruments while also working as a teen idol producer in Warner Bros' Tokyo office.

David is the founding editor of Music & Computers magazine, the co-author of The Art of Digital Music, and the audio editor for the O'Reilly Digital Media site. He has written for numerous other magazines as well.
Year Published: 2004
Date Published: 12/01/2004
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
Pages: 272
Language(s): English
Editions: 1
Publisher: Backbeat Books
ISBN-10: 0879308303
ISBN-13: 978-0879308308

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