Art of Music Production

ISBN-10: 1844494314

ISBN-13: 9781844494316

Edition: 3rd 2005 (Revised)

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This highly entertaining book is packed with insights from the most successful music producers and full of revealing anecdotes about the business and the stars. Now in its third edition and used as a teaching tool in major colleges, it has become the definitive guide to the art - and the business - of music and record production.
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List price: $24.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Omnibus Press
Publication date: 5/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Richard Burgess has produced hit singles and albums for many artist including Spandau Ballet, Adam Ant, Five Star, and New Edition.

What Kind Of Producer Do You Want To Be?
Merlin The Magician
Other Ways Of Categorising Producers
How Do You Get Started?
What Are The Ways In?
The Musician Or Artist?
The Audio Engineer...
The Songwriter
The DJ Producers...
The Self Taught Home Studio Hobbyist
The Finding A New Act Routine
The Who-The-Hell-Knows-How-They-Got-Started Route
OK - So You Want To Be A Record Producer - What Next?
Are Qualifications A Help Or A Hindrance?
So Exactly How Much Technical Knowledge Do You Need?
How Much Musical Knowledge Do You Need?
What If You Have Neither Musical Nor Technical Skills?
The Door's Open, The Foot's In, Now What?
What's The Job Description?
We Are Not Worthy
Who Takes Care Of The Administration And Paperwork?
Managing The Session From Day To Day
Recording The Live Band
Recording An Orchestra Or Big Band
Overdubbing Live Musicians
The Computer-Based Session
The Vocals
Which Method Makes A Better Record - Live, Overdubbed Or Computer?
What Are 'They' Going To Expect Of You?
The Artist?
The Record Company?
The Artist's Manager?
Will They Still Love You Tomorrow?
What Is Your Working Life Expectancy?
How's Your Health?
What Keeps A&R People Coming Right Back To You?
If You're Hot
If You're Not Quite There Yet
If You Were Recently Hot
When The Night's Closing In
What Prevents Them From Coming Back To You?
How Else Can You Get Work?
What's The Best Way To Handle The Show Reel/Resume/CV Tap Dance?
Producer Managers
To Have A Manager Or Not To Have A Manager?
Do They Earn Their Percentage?
Is She Just Fielding Calls Or Is She Out There Pitching For You?
How Do You Avoid Getting Ripped Off By Your Manager?
Does He Siphon Off Some Of Your Work To Other Producers In The Stable?
How Do You Define 'Best Manager' For You?
How Can You Find Such A Person - If They Even Exist?
How Do You Persuade Them To Take You On?
How Do You Deal With The Artist, The Record Company And The Artist's Manager?
What Should Your Relationship With The Artist Be?
Best Friends?
Able To Fit In?
Hang After Hours, Between Albums, Party-Hearty and Laugh At The Jokes?
Somewhat Aloof?
How Do You Tell Them Something Is Not Working?
Where Does Your Responsibility Lie?
To The Artist?
To The Record Company?
To Yourself?
To The Project?
What About The Drug And Alcohol Connection?
Should You Be Bathroom Buddies?
Is It OK If It Is Outside Of Working Hours?
What Do You Do If The Artist Does And You Don't?
What Do You Do When The Artist Freaks?
What Do You Do When The Record Company Freaks?
What Do You Do When The Artist's Manager Is A Freak?
How Much Will They Cost You?
How Much Should You Depend On Them?
How Much Do You Really Need Them?
What Happens When They Get It Wrong?
What Tricks Do They Get Up To?
And That's Just Your Lawyer. How Much Damage Can The Other Guy Do?
Difficulties And Pitfalls
Studio Nightmares
Serious Differences Of Opinion
The Endless Album
Lack Of Vision
Panic Stations
The Singer Can't Sing In Tune/Time
The Band Can't Play In Tune/Time
One Of The Musicians Is Screwing Up Every Take
You're Calmly Cruising Up To The End Of The Album, Bang On Budget, And The Artist Decides Half Of It Is Crap
The A&R Person Hates The Mixes: Stay Calm And Survive
What Makes It Seem Like Hard Work?
How Much Loyalty Can You Expect Within The Business?
From The Artist?
From The A&R Person?
Final Word On Loyalty
First Girlfriend Syndrome
Success And Money
How Much Can You Make?
Where Else Does The Money Come From?
Do Producers Earn Their Percentage?
How Can You Increase Your Chances Of Success?
What Is The Secret Of Longevity?
Hitting The Jackpot
What Are The Timeless Ingredients In A Hit Record?
The Label
The Song
The Vocal
The Arrangement
The Performance
The Engineering
How Important Is The Mix Really?
The Heart
Are These Rules To Which There Are Exceptions?
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Can You Learn, How Much Is Natural Ability?
How Do You Pick The Right Project?
Do Producers Have Their Own Sound?
Should You Get Involved In The Song Writing?
New Versus Established Artists?
What About The All-Important Credits?
Executive Producer
Album Producer
Associate Producer
Additional Production By
Multiple Producer Credits
Recorded By
Engineered By
Mixed By
Remixed By Or Remix Produced By
Programmed By
Edits By
What Are The Best Moments?
Why Are There So Few Female Record Producers?
Can You Successfully Genre Hop?
Advantages And Disadvantages
Who Has Done It?
How Do You Deal With...
Post-Purchase Dissonance More Commonly Known As 'Buyer's Remorse'?
Post-Partum Depression?
What Happens When The Fat Lady Sings?
How Do You Know When It's Over?
Where Do Old Producers Go?
Should You Start Making Plans And When?
Why Do People Want To Produce Records?
Why Do People Want To Make Records At All?
Do You Know When You Have Produced A Smash?
What Is Demo-Itis?
What Kind Of Person Becomes A Producer?
How Do Producers Feel About Remixers?
What's The Remixer's Point Of View?
What's The A&R Person's Point Of View?
What Is The 'Sophomore Slump'?
Working Outside The Mainstream?
Traditional, Folk, Roots And World Music
Children's Music
Regional Producers
Technology Rules: Will the Internet Kill the Video Star?
Has Technology Made Studio Life Easier?
The Revolution Will Be Digitised: Where Is It All Going?
What Does This Mean To The Professional Record Producer?
Why Will We Even Need Labels In The Future?
Will Record Producers Survive The Revolution?
The Final Cut
Featured interview with legendary producer Arif Mardin
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