Music Making And Production Books: A List Of Five You Should Check Out
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I mainly started getting into music out of curiosity. Eventually, I wanted to learn more about music making and production. Once I started getting into instruments and all kinds of music making equipment myself, I came to find that maybe there are some things that I lack understanding for. They were mostly about production. Then I got to do a little bit of research on how to learn more about it. And along the way I found some music production books that helped me. To be honest with you, there are definitely a lot more books out there that are very useful with this matter, but these five I think will be a good start:
1. “Music Theory For Computer Musicians” by Michael Hewitt
A little disclaimer to this one is that it could be little boring if one has a bit more experience or experimented and learned some things while doing music. However, this is one of those books full of useful information.
Everything is put together in 26 chapters that break down very basic stuff. It will take you into the essentials of music despite the genre. It helps with understanding some of the fundamental stuff about music making and how music works. For example, you might know how to operate your software and express your idea through your audio making tools, but if you want to know a bit more about what is really behind it and what is the theory that hides in all your work, this book will capture that for you. It’s a good read for those with no experience in music whatsoever and want to dive into these waters.
2. “Mastering Audio – II Edition: The Art And The Science” by Bob Katz
This is a book that follows the concept of starting with simple and going towards the more complicated things.
Great for beginners and those who want to learn about mastering. Mastering plays a great role in how you deliver your music to your audience. You should consider this. There are a lot of things in it for both, digital and analog music making. As you can see, this is a second edition, which means there were more books as well. This one, however, left a special impression for me since it was the first book on mastering I have ever read. There are a lot of great examples , as well as tips and discussions over recent topics in the audio world.
3. “The Art Of Mixing” by David Gibson
It might give you the impression of one vintage looking book since it was published a while ago, but this is still the one of the most colorful descriptions of sound, and one of the most unique visual representations of music theory. “The Art Of Mixing” will give you the cool experience to visualize music through 3D drawings. David’s peculiar observation of mixing and music in general will give you a great perspective.
4. “The Creative Habit” by Twyla Tharp
“The Creative Habit” isn’t a book that is particularly written about music. But it is something that can help you a lot when it comes to understanding and improving yourself through the creative process you are experiencing as a musician.
If there is one thing that this book shines a light on – it is that creativity isn’t just something that simply emerges out of nowhere. Creativity is something you should work on and improve in order to take the best out of it. As a musician, I am sure you struggle sometimes with getting inspiration to start something even though the idea is there. It’s great for the“dryer” moments of building a music career.
5. “How Music Works” by David Byrne
“How Music Works” shows music through the perspective of one of the biggest stars of our time. There’s a bit more in here about music as it expands further than just theory. It also looks at how music grew and developed, especially in the 20th century.
Some of the aspects that Byrne talks about are music and the social elements of it. He gives his own opinion about the music industry and publishing music. Byrne himself didn’t ever hide the fact that he wasn’t very much guided into the whole music theory/essentials thing. So take this as a great example to encourage you when you think you need to follow specific ways when creating music.
The theory is in the books but what about practice?
Let’s take all of these books as theory that you might want to read at some point in order to improve yourself as a musician. See, all of this may seem completely irrelevant if you are feeling yourself and feel like the way you do things is just fine and you don’t need all these books to tell you what to do. It can also be something that you might find hard to put into practice. And I personally think you shouldn’t really try that hard to put all of this into the perfect practice. One thing I know for sure, though, is that books like these will give you a better sense of what you are doing, and some of them maybe even change the game for you for the better. Always keep an open mind, and most importantly a mind thirsty for more knowledge!