Nicholas Cook Music as Creative Practice Nicholas Cook Music as Creative Practice
Soft / Music Magazines 21-03-2018
Until recently, ideas of creativity in music revolved around composers in garrets and the lone genius. But the last decade has witnessed a sea change: musical creativity is now overwhelmingly thought of in terms of collaboration and real-time performance. Music as Creative Practice is a first attempt to synthesize both perspectives. It begins by developing the idea that creativity arises out of social interaction-of which making music together is perhaps the clearest possible illustration-and then shows how the same thinking can be applied to the ostensively solitary practices of composition. The book also emphasizes the contextual dimensions of musical creativity, ranging from the prodigy phenomenon, long-term collaborative relationships within and beyond the family, and creative learning to the copyright system that is supposed to incentivize creativity but is widely seen as inhibiting it.
Musicians in the Making: Pathways to Creative Performance PDF Musicians in the Making: Pathways to Creative Performance PDF
Soft / Music Magazines 17-03-2018
Musicians are continually 'in the making', tapping into their own creative resources while deriving inspiration from teachers, friends, family members and listeners. Amateur and professional performers alike tend not to follow fixed routes in developing a creative voice: instead, their artistic journeys are personal, often without foreseeable goals. The imperative to assess and reassess one's musical knowledge, understanding and aspirations is nevertheless a central feature of life as a performer.
Making Waves Traveling Musics in Hawaii Asia and the Pacificc Making Waves Traveling Musics in Hawaii Asia and the Pacificc
Soft / Music Magazines 15-03-2018
Musical sounds are some of the most mobile human elements, crossing national, cultural, and regional boundaries at an ever-increasing pace in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Whole musical products travel easily, though not necessarily intact, via musicians, CDs (and earlier, cassettes), satellite broadcasting, digital downloads, and streaming. The introductory chapter by the volume editors develops two framing metaphors: "traveling musics” and "making waves.” The wave-making metaphor illuminates the ways that traveling musics traverse flows of globalization and migration, initiating change, and generating energy of their own. Each of the nine contributors further examines music―its songs, makers, instruments, aurality, aesthetics, and images―as it crosses oceans, continents, and islands. In the process of landing in new homes, music interacts with older established cultural environments, sometimes in unexpected ways and with surprising results.
Ryan Diduck Mad Skills MIDI and Music Technology in the Twentieth Century Ryan Diduck Mad Skills MIDI and Music Technology in the Twentieth Century
Soft / Music Magazines 13-03-2018
A history of electronic music that goes way beyond the Moog

Part rigorous history, part insightful commentary, and part memoir, Mad Skills tells the story behind MIDI, aka the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, through the twentieth century's kaleidoscopic lens. 

Copyrights Excess Money and Music in the US Recording Industry Copyrights Excess Money and Music in the US Recording Industry
Soft / Music Magazines 12-03-2018
For more than two hundred years, copyright in the United States has rested on a simple premise: more copyright will lead to more money for copyright owners, and more money will lead to more original works of authorship. In this important, illuminating book, Glynn Lunney tests that premise by tracking the rise and fall of the sound recording copyright from 1961–2015, along with the associated rise and fall in sales of recorded music.

Electronic Sound Issue 39 2018 PDF Electronic Sound Issue 39 2018 PDF
Soft / Music Magazines 12-03-2018
The new issue of Electronic Sound finds us in Berlin, yet again. This time round we’re taking a look at the past, present and future of a total Berlin institution – Tangerine Dream.
Future Music April 2018 PDF Future Music April 2018 PDF
Soft / Music Magazines 12-03-2018
There’s an often repeated cliche that mastering is a kind of ‘dark art’ – a deep and impenetrable science that is beyond the capabilities of mere mortals. However, given the amount of tutorials, courses and mass-market plugins out there, all designed to tackle the mastering process, this is clearly nonsense. 

That’s not to say that the process doesn’t require a fair amount of skill and expertise, but given the power of modern DAWs and plugins, these are now techniques that even the most cash-strapped producer can get to grips with at home. In this issue’s cover feature, we’ll introduce you to the tools, theory and essential skills you’ll need to get to grips with mastering in your DAW.

Shoji Makino Audio Source Separation Shoji Makino Audio Source Separation
Soft / Music Magazines 7-03-2018
This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the fascinating topic of audio source separation based on non-negative matrix factorization, deep neural networks, and sparse component analysis.

Thomas Christensen The Work of Music Theory Selected Essays Thomas Christensen The Work of Music Theory Selected Essays
Soft / Music Magazines 7-03-2018
This collection brings together an anthology of articles by Thomas Christensen, one of the leading historians of music theory active today. Published over the span of the past 25 years, the selected articles provide a historical conspectus about a range of vital topics in the history of music theory, focusing in particular upon writings from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. 
3 Kings Diddy Dr. Dre Jay-Z and Hip-Hops Multibillion-Dollar Rise by Zack O Malley Greenburg 3 Kings Diddy Dr. Dre Jay-Z and Hip-Hops Multibillion-Dollar Rise by Zack O Malley Greenburg
Soft / Music Magazines 6-03-2018
Tracing the careers of hip-hop's three most dynamic stars, this deeply reported history brilliantly examines the entrepreneurial genius of the first musician tycoons: Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Jay-Z

Being successful musicians was simply never enough for the three kings of hip-hop. Diddy, Dr. Dre, and Jay-Z lifted themselves from childhood adversity into tycoon territory, amassing levels of fame and wealth that not only outshone all other contemporary hip-hop artists, but with a combined net worth of well over $2 billion made them the three richest American musicians, period. Yet their fortunes have little to do with selling their own albums: between Diddy's Ciroc vodka, Dre's $3 billion sale of his Beats headphones to Apple, and Jay-Z's Tidal streaming service and other assets, these artists have transcended pop music fame to become lifestyle icons and moguls.