1st Edition

The Creative Electronic Music Producer

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ISBN 9780367900793
July 2, 2021 Forthcoming by Focal Press
200 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Creative Electronic Music Producer examines the creative processes of electronic music production, from idea discovery and perception to the power of improvising, editing, effects processing and sound design.

Featuring case studies from across the globe on musical systems and workflows used in the production process, this book highlights how to pursue creative breakthroughs through exploration, trial and error tinkering, recombination and transformation.

The Creative Electronic Music Producer  maps production's enchanting pathways in a way that will fascinate and inspire students of electronic music production, professionals already working in the industry and hobbyists.

Table of Contents

About the Author

List of Figures


Introduction: Electronic music production as infinite game

Chapter 1. Electronic music production, the producer, and the enchanted DAW

Chapter 2. Musical systems and production workflows

Chapter 3. The Faintest Traces: beginnings, approaches, improvising, and being lost

Chapter 4. Subliminal Feeling: presets and sound design

Interlude: YouTube electronic music production tutorials

Chapter 5. Timekeeping Ways: rhythm programming

Chapter 6. Folding Back In: production disruptions

Chapter 7. Levels of Detail: editing

Chapter 8. Conjuring: arranging and mixing

Conclusion: The push forward


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Thomas Brett is an electronic music producer, with a PhD in ethnomusicology from New York University. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the journals Popular Music and Popular Music and Society, as well as edited collections by Routledge, Oxford, and Cambridge University presses. He has released numerous electronic music recordings and his compositions for marimba and vibraphone have been performed internationally by soloists and university ensembles. Thomas has played percussion on Broadway since 1997 and writes about music at brettworks.com.