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Producer as Composer Shaping the Sounds of Popular Music

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ISBN-10: 0262134578

ISBN-13: 9780262134576

Edition: 2005

Authors: Virgil Moorefield

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In the 1960s, rock and pop music recording questioned the convention that recordings should recreate the illusion of a concert hall setting. The Wall of Sound that Phil Spector built behind various artists and the intricate eclecticism of George Martin's recordings of the Beatles did not resemble live performances -- in the Albert Hall or elsewhere -- but instead created a new sonic world. The role of the record producer, writes Virgil Moorefield in "The Producer as Composer, was evolving from that of organizer to auteur; band members became actors in what Frank Zappa called a "movie for your ears." In rock and pop, in the absence of a notated score, the recorded version of a song --…    
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 12/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 168
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

From Mirror to Beacon
The Brill Building Songwriters
Phil Spector's Wall of Sound
"Be My Baby"
Brian Wilson
"Good Vibrations"
Hits Off the Assembly Line: Motown
"I Heard It through the Grapevine"
George Martin and the Beatles
"Tomorrow Never Knows"
"A Day in the Life"
Frank Zappa
"Flower Punk"
The Situation at the End of the Sixties
The Studio as Musical Instrument
Sixteen Tracks and More
Dark Side of the Moon
Tony Visconti
Brian Eno
Music for Airports: "2/1"
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
Bill Laswell
The Making of Swans' The Burning World
Trent Reznor
"Mr. Self Destruct" v. "Irresponsible Hate Anthem"
The Producer Takes Center Stage
The Discotheque and Musique Concrete
Disco: "The Producer's Genre"
"I Feel Love"
Michael Jackson's Work with Quincy Jones
"Billie Jean"
Kraftwerk and Conny Plank
Hip-Hop and the Rise of Sampling
Hip-Hop in the Late Eighties
"Bring the Noise"
The Hip-Hop Producer Today
"Break on Through" (The Doors
BT Remix)
Re-editing Updated: Mash-Ups
The Contemporary Situation: Is the Producer Obsolete?
Recordings Cited