I wrote Music Theory for Producers because, as a producer, I didn’t feel that there were any books on music theory that were designed specifically for my needs. Producers are an interesting group; they aren’t just musicians, and they aren’t just engineers. They have to have a little bit of everything to get the job done. This guide is a no-frills look at music theory that skips the less important details and goes straight to the essential information. You’ll learn about rhythm, harmony, and melody, including building chord progressions and writing instrumental hooks. The best part about this book is the song analyses. For every section, there are several songs that are broken down in terms of the chapter topic. With this guide, you’ll learn the theory behind: Elevators – OutKast The Otherside – The Roots Apache Rose Peacock – RHCP Blow My High – Kendrick Lamar Xxplosive – Dr. Dre Call Tyrone – Erykah Badu Get Lucky – Daft Punk Let Me Watch – MF DOOM Ms. Jackson – OutKast Poundcake – Drake Hol’ Up – Kendrick Lamar Pursuit of Happiness – Kid Cudi/Ratatat Seventeen Years – Ratatat Big Poppa – Notorious B.I.G. Stan – Eminem Kids – MGMT Breaking Away – Ratatat Girl – Destiny’s Child
Author: Siberius Jackson
Publisher: Trap Door Publishing
The producer's guide to harmony, chord progressions, and song structure in the MIDI grid. As an online class, Dr. Allen has had over 50,000 students use this ground-breaking curriculum to learn music theory. Students and Producers who have wanted to learn music theory to improve their own music, but have been intimidated by traditional approaches, music notation, and abstract concepts will find this book to be the answer they have been looking for. From the Author: "How music theory is usually taught is unfair. It starts with the assumption that you can read music and understand the language of classical music. My book leaves all of that behind - focusing only on the MIDI grid that producers are already familiar with to learn all the key concepts of music theory, and ultimately, make better music." This book covers all the fundamentals of music theory, but is written using the language of the DJ and Producer - the MIDI Grid. It includes "analysis" projects that look at the harmonic and melodic ideas in songs by popular producers including Zedd, Boards of Canada, Daft Punk, Deadmau5, Bonobo, Richie Hawtin, Moby, Skrillex, and Aphex Twin. Praise for Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers: "Aspiring electronic musicians have choices to make when it concerns their own education and training. This text makes one choice much easier: start here and get learning, quickly. Grounded and easygoing, the book uses real-world examples to help you make sense of music's inner worksings while steering clear of dense theories." - Michael J. Ethen, PhD Musicologist "This book knocks the oftentimes alienating world of music theory completely onto it's side. Difficult to explain concepts are perfectly demonstrated for the aspiring electronic music producer who might have no formal music training. A must have for all aspiring producers." - James Patrick (DJ, Producer, Educator) Slam Academy, Dubspot, IPR, Ableton Certified Trainer "With Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers, Dr. Allen has produced a remarkable resource: an extensive tour of musical theory that leverages some of our favorite modern tools - the virtual studio and it's piano roll note display. By introducing us to the "why" as well as the "what" of music theory, this book helps us to understand what makes music tick and how to improve our own work. In addition to offering a sound theoretical foundation, the deep dives into analyzing tracks by Skrillex, Aphex Twin, and Deadmau5 keeps our attention focused on real-world production. MTEMP will definitely go on the top of my recommendation list for anyone that needs a fresh view of musical concepts." - Darwin Grosse Director of Education, Cycling '74
The Producers Guide to Harmony, Chord Progressions, and Song Structure in the MIDI Grid.
Author: J. Anthony Allen
Category: Computer sound processing
Many DJs, gigging musicians, and electronic music producers understand how to play their instruments or make music on the computer, but they lack the basic knowledge of music theory needed to take their music-making to the next level and compose truly professional tracks. Beneath all the enormously different styles of modern electronic music lie certain fundamentals of the musical language that are exactly the same no matter what kind of music you write. It is very important to acquire an understanding of these fundamentals if you are to develop as a musician and music producer. Put simply, you need to know what you are doing with regard to the music that you are writing. Music Theory for Computer Musicians explains these music theory fundamentals in the most simple and accessible way possible. Concepts are taught using the MIDI keyboard environment and today's computer composing and recording software. By reading this book and following the exercises contained within it, you, the aspiring music producer/computer musician, will find yourself making great progress toward understanding and using these fundamentals of the music language. The result will be a great improvement in your ability to write and produce your own original music!
Author: Michael Hewitt
Publisher: Course Technology Ptr
Theory is a six-letter dirty word to most musicians, but hey, musicians love dirty words, right? And just like all the other dirty words, theory is easy to learn and fun to use! After studying 'popular' and 'classical' music theory, Ray Harmony created a unique approach that he uses to compose his songs, which feature multi-platinum Grammy winners Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and many more. Ray Harmony is an award-winning music lecturer and multi-instrumentalist, who is now sharing his top-secret music theory and songwriting hacks through this book series. Drawing on his two decades of teaching experience combined with his minimalist methods of explaining, Ray breaks down music theory into its simplest form via a series of simple hacks, deep insights, and bad jokes. Tuck in at HackMusicTheory.com “The most brilliant, fast, easy, and fun music theory book I’ve ever seen!” –DEREK SIVERS, CD Baby founder, TED speaker, musician, author of Anything You Want “This is the kind of book I wish I had when I first started out.” –IHSAHN, Emperor “Trust Ray, and in no time you’ll have a watertight music theory skillset you once thought impossible to obtain.” –PAT LUNDY, Modestep, ex-Funeral for a Friend “Ray manages to make learning music theory fascinating, digestible, and damn right cool!” –JOE COPCUTT, AxeWound, Zoax “If you have been put off music theory in the past, then this is the book to inspire and empower you.” –VICTORIA WILLIAMSON, PhD, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow Researcher and Lecturer in Music at the University of Sheffield, UK, author of You Are the Music “Ray has a totally unique approach of hacking music theory, which gives you the essentials in a fraction of the time.” –VESPERS, Warp Academy founder, music producer
Learn Scales & Chords in 30 Minutes
Author: Ray Harmony
Publisher: Revolution Harmony
Home music producers now have access to a wide variety of software synthesizers, samplers, and FX devices on their computers -- devices that had previously been available only in expensive hardware forms. Although computer musicians often show a high degr
Author: Michael Hewitt
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Music Production serves as a roadmap for navigating the continuous changes in the music industry and music production technologies. From dissecting compositions to understanding studio technologies, from coaching vocalists to arranging and orchestration, from musicianship to marketing, advertising to promotion, Music Production takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the world of music production, letting readers keep pace with this rapidly changing profession. The focus of the second edition is on such topics as the expanded role of music supervisors, the introduction of new production techniques, and the inclusion of new terms in music industry contracts. Including new interviews with eminent industry professionals, Music Production is the ideal handbook for the aspiring music production student and music professional.
For Producers, Composers, Arrangers, and Students
Author: Michael Zager
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
A music-career book like no other, The Music Producer’s Survival Guide offers a wide-ranging, exploratory, yet refreshing down-to-earth take on living the life of the independent electronic music producer. If you are an intellectually curious musician/producer eager to make your mark in today’s technologically advanced music business, you’re in for a treat. This new edition includes industry and technological updates, additional interviews, and tips about personal finances, income, and budgets. In this friendly, philosophical take on the art and science of music production, veteran producer, engineer, and teacher Brian Jackson shares clear, practical advice about shaping your own career in today’s computer-centric "home-studio" music world. You’ll cover music technology, philosophy of music production, career planning, networking, craft and creativity, the DIY ethos, lifestyle considerations, and much more. Brian’s thoughtful approach will teach you to integrate your creative passion, your lifestyle, and your technical know-how. The Music Producer’s Survival Guide is the first music-production book to consider the influence of complexity studies and chaos theory on music-making and career development. It focuses on practicality while traversing a wide spectrum of topics, including essential creative process techniques, the TR-808, the proliferation of presets, the butterfly effect, granular synthesis, harmonic ratios, altered states, fractal patterns, the dynamics of genre evolution, and much more. Carving out your niche in music today is an invigorating challenge that will test all your skills and capacities. Learn to survive—and thrive—as a creative-technical professional in today’s music business, with the help of Brian Jackson and The Music Producer’s Survival Guide!
Chaos, Creativity, and Career in Independent and Electronic Music
Author: Brian M. Jackson
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Category: Technology & Engineering
This handbook is the first to provide a systematic investigation of the various roles of producers in commercial and not-for-profit musical theatre. Featuring fifty-one essays written by international specialists in the field, it offers new insights into the world of musical theatre, its creation and its promotion. Key areas of investigation include the lives and works of producers whose work is part of a US and worldwide musical theatre legacy, as well as the largely critically-neglected role of the musical theatre producer in the making, marketing, and performance of musicals. Also explored are the shifting roles of producers in musical theatre and their popular portrayals, offering a reader-friendly collection for fans, scholars, students, and practitioners of musical theatre alike.
Author: Laura MacDonald,William A. Everett
Category: Performing Arts
This is the first book to develop both the theory and the practice of synthesizing musical sounds using computers. Each chapter starts with a theoretical description of one technique or problem area and ends with a series of working examples (over 100 in all), covering a wide range of applications. A unifying approach is taken throughout; chapter two, for example, treats both sampling and wavetable synthesis as special cases of one underlying technique. Although the theory is presented quantitatively, the mathematics used goes no further than trigonometry and complex numbers. The examples and supported software — along with a machine-readable version of the text — are available on the web and maintained by a large online community. The Theory and Techniques of Electronic Music is valuable both as a textbook and as professional reading for electronic musicians and computer music researchers.
Author: Miller Puckette
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Company
You've always wanted to learn the piano. You know it will make you a better songwriter or a better producer. Perhaps you've tried to learn but were put off by cumbersome classical methods which teach you everything but what you really want - the ability to write the song you hear in your head. This book is written with the songwriter and music producer in mind. It was written by a producer/songwriter with years of experience teaching fellow creatives. It strips away all of the unnecessary fluff and helps a complete beginner get to a competent performance level in as little time as possible. With this book you will develop the skills you need to: - Quickly identify any note on the piano or keyboard - Accompany yourself on the piano at live performances - Strengthen your songwriting with impactful chord arrangements - Determine the key of a song - Evolve from beat maker to music producer through knowledge of chord progressions - Transpose your arrangements to different keys - Understand music theory without getting lost in complex details This book is perfect for - Songwriters - Singer / Songwriters - Hip Hop, R&B and Pop Music Producers - Rock Band Musicians - Electronic Music Producers - Score Composers Don't wait. Start reading Easy Piano today. And tomorrow, be the artist, songwriter or producer that you always knew you could be.
Author: Eric J. Campbell
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Author: Tom Kolb
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
In this book, veteran music producer Richard James Burgess gives readers the tools they need to understand the complex field of music production. He defines the many roles that fall to the music producer by focusing first on the underlying theory of music production, before offering a second section of practical aspects of the job.
The Theory and Practice
Author: Richard James Burgess
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Rhythms, melodies, and harmonies are the building blocks of music. In Music Theory Secrets: 94 Strategies for the Starting Musician, Brent Coppenbarger offers a full range of methods to help musicians, not only grasp, but remember those key elements upon which the music they play is built: pitch, rhythm, scales, key signatures, and harmony.
94 Strategies for the Starting Musician
Author: Brent Coppenbarger
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
(Book). For more than 15 years, Confessions of a Record Producer has exposed the inner workings of the music business and empowered artists to protect their interests. With inside knowledge and hard numbers, Moses Avalon reveals the truth of how the industry functions (or dysfunctions), showing what artists actually make from their "hits" and how producers, labels, managers, and even the artists' own lawyers conspire to rip them off. This is the only music business trade book that: * Intimately analyzes the differences between ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC * Compares different types of record deals using real-world math and dollar figures * Speaks critically about relationships between big industry entities and how they can hurt artists * Gives the reasoning behind major industry trends and decisions, particularly recent deals with Spotify, Apple, etc. Since the first edition's release in 1998, Confessions has grown from an underground favorite to a widely read staple, evolving along the way to address Internet-age realities and the pitfalls coming with rapidly changing technologies. This new, fifth edition tackles the complexities of music streaming and how the diminishing revenue it provides is becoming the new normal for an industry that has shrunk by half in less than two decades. Fully updated with recent industry developments and the latest scams, Confessions of a Record Producer remains a must for artists who want to survive, thrive, and get their fair share.
How to Survive the Scams and Shams of the Music Business 5th Edition - Revised and Updated
Author: Moses Avalon
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
This is a hacks-only version of Part 1 in the series: Hack Music Theory. Each hack delivers all the vital info you need to know about each topic. Read through all these hacks in a half hour, and you’ll be making good music in less than an hour from now. However, you’ll miss out on a bunch of bad jokes and deep insights that are only revealed in its companion, so go grab a copy at HackMusicTheory.com Ray Harmony is an award-winning music lecturer and multi-instrumentalist, who draws on his two decades of teaching experience to break down music theory into its simplest form. After studying 'popular' and 'classical' music theory, Ray created a unique approach that he uses to compose his songs, which feature multi-platinum Grammy winners Serj Tankian (System of a Down), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), and many more. “The most brilliant, fast, easy, and fun music theory book I’ve ever seen!” –DEREK SIVERS, CD Baby founder, TED speaker, musician, author of Anything You Want “This is the kind of book I wish I had when I first started out.” –IHSAHN, Emperor “Trust Ray, and in no time you’ll have a watertight music theory skillset you once thought impossible to obtain.” –PAT LUNDY, Modestep, ex-Funeral for a Friend “Ray manages to make learning music theory fascinating, digestible, and damn right cool!” –JOE COPCUTT, AxeWound, Zoax “If you have been put off music theory in the past, then this is the book to inspire and empower you.” –VICTORIA WILLIAMSON, PhD, Vice Chancellor’s Fellow Researcher and Lecturer in Music at the University of Sheffield, UK, author of You Are the Music “Ray has a totally unique approach of hacking music theory, which gives you the essentials in a fraction of the time.” –VESPERS, Warp Academy founder, music producer
Author: Ray Harmony
Publisher: Revolution Harmony
Get more out of music with this essential guide Music Theory For Dummies makes music theory easy to understand, with a friendly, unintimidating overview of everything you need to know to become fluent at knocking out beats, reading musical scores, and learning to anticipate where a song should go—whether you're reading someone else's music or writing your own. Whether you're a music student or a music lover, you'll learn to read, write, and understand music with this informative guide. With expert instruction, you'll put it all together as you compose, arrange, and create original melodies, harmonies, and chords of your own, with helpful tips for performing your pieces in front of an audience. This new third edition presents the most current teaching techniques, the newest music genres and examples, and updated information on all aspects of understanding, creating, and performing music. Studies have shown that music training improves children's' verbal and spatial abilities, and it's been associated with cognitive and mathematical benefits in adults. The music job market is expected to increase over the coming years, and music theory is becoming an increasingly common part of education at all levels. Music Theory For Dummies provides the instruction you need to get more out of music than you ever thought possible. Master major and minor scales, intervals, pitches, and clefs Understand basic notation, time signals, tempo, dynamics, and navigation Employ melodies, chords, progressions, and phrases to form music Compose harmonies and accompanying melodies for voice and instruments Whether you intend to pursue a degree or career in music, or just enjoy listening to it, understanding the theory behind it gives you a whole new appreciation for the artistry and craftsmanship behind the pieces that give you goose bumps. It's a mix of technical skill, inborn talent, and plenty of practice – and now you can try your hand at it, with Music Theory For Dummies.
Author: Michael Pilhofer,Holly Day
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Creating Sounds from Scratch is a practical, in-depth resource on the most common forms of music synthesis. It includes historical context, an overview of concepts in sound and hearing, and practical training examples to help sound designers and electronic music producers effectively manipulate presets and create new sounds. The book covers the all of the main synthesis techniques including analog subtractive, FM, additive, physical modeling, wavetable, sample-based, and granular. While the book is grounded in theory, it relies on practical examples and contemporary production techniques show the reader how to utilize electronic sound design to maximize and improve his or her work. Creating Sounds from Scratch is ideal for all who work in sound creation, composition, editing, and contemporary commercial production.
A Practical Guide to Music Synthesis for Producers and Composers
Author: Andrea Pejrolo,Scott B. Metcalfe
Publisher: Oxford University Press