Best Books for Electronic Music Production

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The Art of Electronic Music

The Art of Electronic Music is one of the best books for anyone interested in learning about the history and production of electronic music. Written by Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin), this book chronicles the development of electronic music from its earliest beginnings to its modern incarnation.James provides a detailed and insightful look at the processes and equipment used to create some of the most iconic and influential electronic music of all time.

The Dance Music Manual

The Dance Music Manual is written by Rick Snoman, a dance music producer with over 20 years experience. It covers everything from the basics of music theory to more advanced concepts like sound design and arrangement. This book is perfect for those who want to learn about electronic music production, regardless of their experience level.

Sound Synthesis and Sampling

Sound synthesis is the process of generating audio signals of various types of waveforms. A digital audio workstation (DAW) is an electronic device or computer software application used for composing, recording, and producing music.

Sampling is the process of capturing a portion of a sound wave and using it as a building block for creating new sounds. The most common type of sampling is looping, which allows a section of sound to be repeated over and over again.

Music Technology History, Theory, and Practice

Music Technology History, Theory, and Practice is a comprehensive guide to the field of electronic music production. It covers the history of electronic music, the theory behind it, and the practical applications of it. The book is written by three leading experts in the field: Phil Bottell, Paul Dakeyne, and Simon Frith.

The book starts with a brief history of electronic music, tracing its roots back to the early 20th century. It then looks at the different genres that have emerged since then, including techno, house, and drum & bass. The book also discusses the theory behind electronic music production, covering topics such as sound synthesis, sound design, and mixing.

Finally, the book looks at the practical side of electronic music production, with chapters on recording techniques, live performance, and DJing. There is also a section on careers in the music industry, with advice on how to get started in this exciting field.

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced producer, Music Technology History, Theory, and Practice is an essential guide to this fascinating subject.

Understanding and Creating Electronic Music

Whether you want to create electronic music or just want to understand it better, these are the best books on the subject.

We start with a book that is perfect for beginners who want to get started in creating electronic music. “Understanding and Creating Electronic Music” by Phil Bardsley is one of the most concise introductions to the subject matter, and it covers everything from the basic elements of sound to more advanced concepts like synthesis and signal processing.

For those who are already familiar with the basics of electronic music production, “The Creative Producer” by Mike Goldsmith is an excellent choice. It goes into great detail on topics like composition, arrangement, and mixing, and is packed with helpful tips and tricks.

And finally, for those who want to take their production skills to the next level, “The Art of Electronic Music” by Tom Holman is an essential guide. It covers a wide range of topics, including acoustics, psychoacoustics, digital audio processing, and much more.

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