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The Art of Digital Music: 56 Visionary Artists & Insiders Reveal Their Creative Secrets Paperback – Dec 1 2004

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; 1 edition (Dec 1 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879308303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879308308
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 581 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #685,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kelli Richards is the former manager of music and entertainment marketing for Apple Computer. David Battino, a lifelong musician and founding editor of Music & Computers magazine and the Desktop Music Production Guide. Most recently, David was Technology Editor for Revolution, the biggest launch in music-magazine history, where he also designed and produced the monthly CD-ROM. His sound design appears in a series of Lazer-Tron

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Some interesting interviews, thin on practical advice, lackluster DVD Aug. 12 2005
By J. Padgett - Published on
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I really wanted to like this book after reading all the reviews. And I must admit that some of the interviews are quite interesting. However, almost all of the 50+ interviews are limited to just two pages, with each interviewee answering just a couple of questions. The latter portions of the book are dedicated to some light advice on music production and the business of music, as well some speculation on the future of the music industry. Perhaps there are just too many topics to allow any one topic to receive a satisfying treatment. Many of the interviews read like an article you would find in Sound on Sound, Electronic Musician or such magazines (that's a good thing) but are even skimpier on content and cover a far-reaching range of topics. This biggest disappointment, however, is the DVD. It mostly contains audio excerpts of the telephone interviews and after a while you just lose interest clicking around on them. There are only a few performance-oriented video clips, but these are not the best quality and their content is of questionable interest. All in all, I think the book has some interesting elements but I'm not sure there's enough there to justify the space on your bookshelf. My advice would be to flip through it at a bookstore, read two or three of the interviews before ordering it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Creative Insights are the Big Value Oct. 18 2006
By G. Estes - Published on
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I liked this book quite a bit; not because it gave me step-by-step instructions on how to create music using digital technology, but more to the point because it didn't. Any book on music technology can become dated quite quickly, but when one concentrates instead on hearing a very wide variety of artists, producers, technologists and industry executives talk about how they *think*, then you have something that if not timeless is at least fresh and interesting for some time. Knowing how Todd Rundgren approaches producing or songwriting is way more valuable than knowing which button in ProTools does pitch correction.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Wow!!! March 31 2005
By Gina Fant-Saez - Published on
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I was absolutely mesmerized by this book. The people profiled in the book are so diverse and facinating - true pioneers in their fields. Many of them I was familiar with but have a whole new respect for after reading this book. The interviews are intelligent and creative, questions I would have asked them myself.

The tips and advice are invaluable as well. Rarely do you find a book on digital technology that you can't put down, but this is one of them.

For anyone who loves music and technology, this book is a must.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This really is an insider's guide to music. June 24 2005
By Joe of Campbell - Published on
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There aren't that many books that I get that is engaging, entertaining, and just informative. Kelli Richards and David Battino do a bang up job in "The Art of Digital Music," a collection of interviews and essays with the leading music industry visionaries of our time. Perhaps it's my personal bias, being a working professional in Silicon Valley, but I am constantly fascinated by the intersection of digital products, techniques and the music industry.

The thing that struck me about this book is the range of characters profiled, from record industry executives, to the more atypical music creators such as the video game manufacturers and equipment vendors profiled. It is way too easy to get a collection of personalities like this to discuss a topic, only to have strong personalities meander all over the topic. Kelli and David to a great job of providing contexts and directing the interviews--the book feels cohesive and has a point. Not something I say about a lot of books.

I am looking forward to taking a look at the DVD--I've been consumed with the reading aspect.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
From the mouths of musicians March 12 2005
By Jessica C. Friedman (tech savvy) - Published on
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The music industry is undergoing the most dramatic changes since electricity first allowed performers to be heard over the airwaves. In the daily press, all you read about are the financial woes that beset the record labels in the wake of Internet piracy and outdated business models.

Well, there's another dimension to the story, one that "The Art of Digital Music" covers well: how digitalization is changing music itself, as told by the people who actually create and record the music. And so we have Phil Ramone talking about Pro Tools, and Alan Parsons musing on the power of repetition, and David Fagin talking about artists' rights in the digital age.

The second half of the book delves into the nitty-gritty of under-the-hood studio production tricks, plus some thoughts about the future of digital distribution. But it's the first half, by 56 artists and music insiders, that gives the book its heft.

If you're part of the music industry today, David Battino and Kelli Richards' book is indispensable. If you're not, it's just a fun read.