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Poetics of Rock Cutting Tracks, Making Records

ISBN-10: 0520232240
ISBN-13: 9780520232242
Edition: 2001
Authors: Albin J. Zak
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Description: After a hundred years of recording, the process of making records is still mysterious to most people who listen to them. Records hold a fundamental place in the dynamics of modern musical life, but what do they represent? Are they documents?  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 278
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

After a hundred years of recording, the process of making records is still mysterious to most people who listen to them. Records hold a fundamental place in the dynamics of modern musical life, but what do they represent? Are they documents? Snapshots? Artworks? Fetishes? Commodities? Conveniences?The Poetics of Rockis a fascinating exploration of recording consciousness and compositional process from the perspective of those who make records. In it, Albin Zak examines the crucial roles played by recording technologies in the construction of rock music and shows how songwriters, musicians, engineers, and producers contribute to the creative project, and how they all leave their mark on the finished work. Zak shapes an image of the compositional milieu by exploring its elements and discussing the issues and concerns faced by artists. Using their testimony to illuminate the nature of record making and of records themselves, he shows that the art of making rock records is a collaborative compositional process that includes many skills and sensibilities not traditionally associated with musical composition. Zak connects all the topics--whether technical, conceptual, aesthetic, or historical--with specific artists and recordings and illustrates them with citations from artists and with musical examples. In lively and engaging prose,The Poetics of Rockbrilliantly illustrates how the musical energy from a moment of human expression translates into a musical work wrought in sound.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Writing Records
Tracks
Sound as Form
Places and Tools
Tracking and Mixing
Engineers and Producers
Resonance
Notes
Glossary
Engineer and Producer Credits
Recordings Cited
Bibliography
Index

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