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The Producer as Composer: Shaping the Sounds of Popular Music (MIT Press)

The Producer as Composer: Shaping the Sounds of Popular Music (MIT Press)
Author: Virgil Moorefield
ISBN 13: 9780262514057
ISBN 10: 262514052
Edition: 1
Publisher: The MIT Press
Publication Date: 2010-02-26
Format: Paperback
Pages: 168
List Price: $14.95

The evolution of the record producer from organizer to auteur, from Phil Spector and George Martin to the rise of hip-hop and remixing.

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Drawing on his many years of studio experience, composer/performer/producer Moorefield (performing arts technology, Univ. of Michigan) explores the sonic world that emerged with 1960s rock and pop. He notes that technologies and techniques such as tape editing, overdubbing, compression, and, most recently, the release of inexpensive digital recording equipment have contributed to the evolution of sound recordings. Re-creations of live concert hall performances, he says, have become creations of original music produced entirely in the recording studio. Through detailed, descriptive, technical discussions of more than 100 recorded works by gifted producers and producer/musicians like Phil Spector, Brian Eno, Frank Zappa, and Quincy Jones, Moorefield explores the changing role of the producer from talent scout and organizer to stylist, arranger, and composer, making the case that recording has gone from being primarily a technical matter to being an artistic one. This highly technical and theoretical book is difficult to read without music examples that follow the text. An accompanying CD, as well as music notations rather than descriptions, would have been very helpful. For collections that specialize in pop and rock music, new media, sound engineering, or performing arts technology.-Elizabeth M. Wavle, Elmira Coll. Lib., NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.