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Old 29th December 2010
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Understanding Records by Jay Hodgson - Anyone read it?

Has anyone read or even flipped though this book? Here's the description:

"Understanding Records explains the musical language of Recording Practice in a way that any interested reader can understand. Drawing on readily available hit records produced since 1945, each section of this book explains a handful of core production and engineering techniques in chronological record-making sequence, elucidating how those techniques work, what they sound like, how they function musically, where listeners can hear those techniques at work in the broader Top 40 soundscape, and where they fit in the broader record-making process at large."

It looks interesting, but I can't find any reviews of it online. It's published by Continuum, who also publish the 33 1/3 series and a bunch of other music-related books that I thought were pretty great. None of them really deal with the technical sides of things, though. I just wonder if there's any real insight in there that couldn't be gleamed from Gearslutz. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Old 31st December 2010
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I've read it cover to cover. It's fantastic! thumbsup
Old 31st December 2010
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Not only have I read it, I wrote it!

I hope you'll find more than you typically do in the forums. It's my attempt at elucidating the actual technical procedures which together comprise Recording Practice — say, something like tweaking the attack time setting on a compressor — as musical communication per se. Often, in commentary, the incredibly important musical decisions that recordists make in crafting recorded musical communications are relegated to a kind of "technical support" for the "true arts" of composition and performance. I'm trying to change that with this book, while at the same time providing sound practical information. It is ultimately designed to be useful for a beginner as a kind of cook-book, albeit a research-minded beginner, but for everyone else as an aesthetic (re)orientation to their craft.

Let me know if I can be of service.
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