Of which had slipped through the cracks such as those from the band The Millennium s album BeginThis book was a thrill to read and I highly recommend it to any music fan An enjoyable read but not necessarily essential reading unless you want to now about the behind the scenes production of some of your favorite music The best part about this book is that it might point you towards specific listening and reading depending on your tastes Not terribly well written but still wonderful if only because these stories are not well told How many Beatles fans actually Three Religious Rebels The Forefathers of the Trappists know much about George Martin who was probably at least as influential important as any of the fab four Though after reading this I realize I still don t actuallynow very much hmmm That wasn t one of the useful chapters The Ducers through popular music and the fascinatingly crucial role they have played in shaping the way we hear pop music today Sonic Alchemy is nothing short of the secret history of the music producer.
And takes you on a ride into the early 90s to show how producers have shaped the sound of music over time I strongly recommend this book to musicians producers and lovers of music Perhaps the most eye opening and endlessly fascinating book about music I ve ever read Howard flips the script on contemporary late 50 s present music history by focusing on stand out music producers as primary creative forces rather than the the artists Howard creates a very convincing new canon of great producers whose influence was felt deeply both in their own time through the bands they produced and afterwards by the many producers and bands whose work they inspiredBeyond teaching me so much about these people and how they worked one huge added bonus is all the great songs the book introduced me to many. Defined as it is wholly essential Sonic Alchemy Visionary Music Producers and Their Maverick Recordings is an exploration of the influence of the often colorful idiosyncratic and visionary music pro.
I loved the insights this gave just wish it went into the beat scientists since thats where my heart is at A broad unassuming introduction to North American music production over the past fifty years Howard s narrative devices used to introduce each chapter get a little tired as it goes on but work well to give some perspective to the social atmosphere and artistic conditions that define great producers The music doesn t exist in a vacuum Would like to see a second edition as this one ends with Eminem s 2002 The Eminem Show Notably missing from any serious investigation were The Dust Brothers and a rather glaring oversight Nigel Godrich I really enjoyed this book Growing up in the 90s it s difficult to have a good perspective on music of the past This book takes you back to the 50s. You may not have heard of them but you have certainly heard their songs From the lo fidelity origins of early pioneers to today's dazzling technocrats the role of the music producer is as murkily un.