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Agile Experience Design: A Digital Designer's Guide to Agile, Lean, and Continuous
Agile Experience Design: A Digital Designer's Guide to Agile, Lean, and Continuous
by Lindsay Ratcliffe
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 29.46
27 used & new from CDN$ 28.41

1.0 out of 5 stars Pedantic and pretentious. Misleading at best., Feb. 6 2014
An intriguing title which hit he market at an opportune time. However, beyond its initial success it contains little substance. Like popcorn, it started as a good seed then was puffed up with lots of hot air.

There are a few interesting points which could have been published in a dozen pages or so, but I found it difficult to patiently discover those rare points of interest while slogging through the other fluff. Most of the text is redundant and pedantic and has no value or at times is insulting to Agile practitioners.

The book describes a heavy, design-intensive approach and it reinforces (rather than dissolves) the segregation of design and engineering. There's nothing about the authors' advice which I'd actually call "Agile" or which encourages cross-functional collaboration. To paraphrase, the book's position is that designers should continue doing everything they're already doing but change only the following: include others' ideas in your designs, iterate/redo the designs as new information is discovered, be sure others are always aware of your designs, be sure everybody knows that designers have best understanding of customer/business/technology needs.

Comprehensive Study of Music: Anthology of Music from Debussy Through Stockhausen v. 4
Comprehensive Study of Music: Anthology of Music from Debussy Through Stockhausen v. 4
by William Brandt
Edition: Paperback
11 used & new from CDN$ 1.60

2.0 out of 5 stars Obsolete., Jan. 23 2012
Let's be honest. Any scholar of music which is studying 20th-century composition is the type of academic who already has access to a vast music library fill with interesting material. This compilation isn't necessary.

At best, this is a good used book for a pianist who wants some cheap Debussy material or a full copy of Elliot Carter's Piano Sonata.

Harmonic Dimension
Harmonic Dimension
by Gary C. White
Edition: Hardcover
12 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

1.0 out of 5 stars Not better than online sources or other competitors., Jan. 23 2012
This review is from: Harmonic Dimension (Hardcover)
It seems that many publishers through the 70s, 80s, and 90s made a business out of manufacturing texts for every university course available. Rarely did a publisher produce something truly remarkable; more often the publishers would produce mirror images of each others' libraries. This music theory text is nearly identical in form and substnace to all the others which fill university bookstores throughout North America and Europe. What I mean to suggest is that it's as good as any but not better than you might find in a used book store.

Workbook for Tonal Harmony Edition
Workbook for Tonal Harmony Edition
by Stefan Kostka
Edition: Paperback
9 used & new from CDN$ 20.52

4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent workbook for young music scholars., Jan. 23 2012
It is essential that young music scholars apply their knowledge in real musical settings. The best music theorists have honed their skill with pencil and paper and page after page of exercises -- this text is full of such exercises.

I have suggested to students that this workbook, along with regular doses of good information online, is a sure way towards musical excellence.

Tonal Harmony
Tonal Harmony
by Stefan Kostka
Edition: Hardcover
14 used & new from CDN$ 21.30

3.0 out of 5 stars Good text. But quite expensive., Jan. 23 2012
This review is from: Tonal Harmony (Hardcover)
I'm certain that young music scholars will learn a lot by studying the material in this text. It is good material and organized well.

Though, I'm also certain that young music scholars have access to adequate/similar materials for free online.

Hence, I believe this text is "optional" for young students but VERY valuable to the instructors of theory courses (as this text prevents them from having to compile and arrange their own materials from online/free sources). I believe then that universities should pay for this text if they choose to use it for their courses -- or should pay the instructors adequate time to prepare royalty-free materials for their students.

Advanced Harmony: Theory and Practice
Advanced Harmony: Theory and Practice
by Robert W. Ottman
Edition: Paperback
13 used & new from CDN$ 4.05

3.0 out of 5 stars I learned a lot from this book. But it's not the only book on the shelf., Jan. 22 2012
This textbook was required for my early theory classes in university. I've spent a lot of time studying the pages of this book and I've learned a great deal from this material. However, there are modern alternatives which should be considered such as online sources and/or other textbooks which are accompanied by digital material.

Elementary Harmony: Theory and Practice
Elementary Harmony: Theory and Practice
by Robert W. Ottman
Edition: Paperback
11 used & new from CDN$ 19.95

3.0 out of 5 stars I learned a lot from this book. But it's not the only book on the shelf., Jan. 22 2012
This textbook was required for my early Theory classes in university. I've spent a lot of time studying the pages of this book and I've learned a great deal from this material. However, there are some mistakes and there are modern alternatives which should be considered.

Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
by Oliver Sacks
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.16
10 used & new from CDN$ 4.91

4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book for musicians and music lovers, Jan. 21 2012
I used sections of this book in discussion with my students about music's importance to humanity. I enjoyed reading this book and I shared stories from it with students to exemplify how music is part of our biology, it's part of our history and evolution, and despite being elusive and mysterious, we all understand the power of music.

What Is America?: A Short History of the New World Order
What Is America?: A Short History of the New World Order
by Ronald Wright
Edition: Hardcover
33 used & new from CDN$ 0.69

4.0 out of 5 stars The corporatocracy hates this book, Jan. 21 2012
This book won't change a darned thing, unfortunately, but it outlines how corporatocracy has destroyed democracy. Hey, Americans, you're country isn't what you think it is!

Anthology for Musical Analysis
Anthology for Musical Analysis
by Charles Burkhart
Edition: Paperback
9 used & new from CDN$ 5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Is this really necessary?, Jan. 20 2012
I believe that this book may be of interest to pianists who are looking for interesting sight-reading materials or to explore the compositions of some of the past's great composers.

However, as a textbook for musical analysis class in university or for personal study...oh my!? This is overkill. NOBODY needs to analyze 559 pages of music to understand the techniques of the common practice period. And anybody who wants to focus in depth on such techniques will certainly have other sources to investigate without having to kill all the forests in the world to reprint this text umpteen times.

Note to professors: your students will not use this book after taking your class. Please be considerate of their wallets and of the forests.

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