The Song of Synth

Author: Seb Doubinsky

Publisher: Skyhorse

ISBN: 1940456304

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

View: 9735

An ex-hacker falls under the sway of a seductive drug in a novel that “will remind American readers of Philip K. Dick” (Publishers Weekly). Synth is the latest and greatest—a drug that creates hallucinations indistinguishable from the actual world. It’s brand new, highly addictive, and dangerous. Even the dealers don’t know what the long-term effects are. But for ex-hacker Markus Olsen, Synth is a savior. An escape from his misery. Because when he and his fellow phreaks got caught, he turned traitor while his friends were sent away. Now, he’s just a corporate stooge to Viborg City’s secret service, aiding the oppressive state power he’d been fighting in exchange for relative free will. Then Markus’s past as an anarchist comes back to haunt him in the form of a credit card with no account but an seemingly unlimited balance—and the discovery of a mysterious novel in which he is a main character. But how much of his perception is being created by Synth? Just how far has he tripped? Forced to face his past and the decisions he’s made, Markus must decide to choose between the artificial comfort of a constructed life and the harsh reality of treason and the fight for freedom. If such a thing even really exists… This tale of a near-future dystopia is “a science fiction novel that explores a personal odyssey through the process of detox and rehab, a kind of Pilgrim’s Progress for the narcotized” (Lucius Shepard).

Missing Signal

Author: Seb Doubinsky

Publisher: Meerkat Press, LLC

ISBN: 9781946154118

Category: Fiction

Page: 206

View: 4258

From Seb Doubinsky, author of The Song of Synth, The Babylonian Trilogy, White City, Absinth, Omega Gray and Suan Ming, comes his highly anticipated next installment in the City-States Cycle. Missing Signal--a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a government conspiracy? Agent Terrence Kovacs has worked for the New Petersburg Counter-Intel Department propagating fake UFO stories for so long that even he has a hard time separating fact from fiction. Especially when he's approached by a beautiful woman named Vita, who claims she's been sent from another planet to liberate Earth. Praise for The Song of Synth "[A]t once gritty and dreamlike, somber and sexy . . . a powerful tale of guilt, addiction, and self-discovery." --Publisher's Weekly

VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s (Songbook)

Author: Hal Leonard Corp.

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 145848405X

Category: Music

Page: 576

View: 8125

(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). Selections from the very popular special on VH1. Includes: Burning down the House * Come on Eileen * Don't Stop Believin' * 867-5309/Jenny * Fight for Your Right (To Party) * I Melt with You * Jack and Diane * Jump * Like a Virgin * Little Red Corvette * Super Freak * Sweet Child O' Mine * Time After Time * Under Pressure * Walk like an Egyptian * White Wedding * Wild Thing * You Shook Me All Night Long * many more.

Mad World

An Oral History of New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s

Author: Lori Majewski,Jonathan Bernstein

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1613126662

Category: Music

Page: 320

View: 9663

Mad World is a highly entertaining oral history that celebrates the New Wave music phenomenon of the 1980s via new interviews with 35 of the most notable artists of the period. Each chapter begins with a discussion of their most popular song but leads to stories of their history and place in the scene, ultimately painting a vivid picture of this colorful, idiosyncratic time. Mixtape suggestions, fashion sidebars, and quotes from famous contemporary admirers help fill out the fun. Participants include members of Duran Duran, New Order, The Smiths, Tears for Fears, Adam Ant, Echo and the Bunnymen, Devo, ABC, Spandau Ballet, A Flock of Seagulls, Thompson Twins, and INXS.

The Synthesizer

A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument

Author: Mark Vail

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199334854

Category: Music

Page: 432

View: 5410

Electronic music instruments weren't called synthesizers until the 1950s, but their lineage began in 1919 with Russian inventor Lev Sergeyevich Termen's development of the Etherphone, now known as the Theremin. From that point, synthesizers have undergone a remarkable evolution from prohibitively large mid-century models confined to university laboratories to the development of musical synthesis software that runs on tablet computers and portable media devices. Throughout its history, the synthesizer has always been at the forefront of technology for the arts. In The Synthesizer: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Programming, Playing, and Recording the Ultimate Electronic Music Instrument, veteran music technology journalist, educator, and performer Mark Vail tells the complete story of the synthesizer: the origins of the many forms the instrument takes; crucial advancements in sound generation, musical control, and composition made with instruments that may have become best sellers or gone entirely unnoticed; and the basics and intricacies of acoustics and synthesized sound. Vail also describes how to successfully select, program, and play a synthesizer; what alternative controllers exist for creating electronic music; and how to stay focused and productive when faced with a room full of instruments. This one-stop reference guide on all things synthesizer also offers tips on encouraging creativity, layering sounds, performance, composing and recording for film and television, and much more.

Steal this Sound

Author: Mitchell Sigman

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1423492811

Category: Music

Page: 141

View: 868

A single-volume guide to recreating 100 top-selected synthesizer sounds from hit songs provides illustrated two-page spreads that list details about how the sound was originally created on professional-grade synthesizers and how to create the same sounds today using modern plug-ins and readily available software instruments. Original.

Keyboard Presents the Best of the '80s

The Artists, Instruments, and Techniques of an Era

Author: Ernie Rideout,Stephen Fortner,Michael Gallant

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780879309305

Category: Music

Page: 125

View: 1944

(Keyboard Presents). No single decade revitalized the keyboard as a focal point as much as the 1980s. Now, the editors of Keyboard magazine have culled that era's most insightful articles and combined them with a wealth of insight to create this landmark book. Features 20 interviews with noted players and producers like Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes, Depeche Mode's Vince Clarke, Peter Gabriel, and The Human League, as well as such visionary pioneers as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Frank Zappa.

We Rock! (Music Lab)

A Fun Family Guide for Exploring Rock Music History: From Elvis and the Beatles to Ray Charles and The Ramones, Includes Bios, Historical Context, Extensive Playlists, and Rocking Activities for the Whole Family!

Author: Jason Hanley

Publisher: Quarry Books

ISBN: 1627882200

Category: Music

Page: 152

View: 1394

Finally! A hip, fun and culturally relevant series of music appreciation books, perfect for modern music-loving families who want to take advantage of this era of exploding musical access! Get a personal guided tour through an amazing historical back-catalog of music that was previously unavailable. We Rock!: A Fun Family Guide for Exploring Rock Music History is a guided tour through thrilling corners of the musical universe that should not be missed! This book highlights great songs in rock history, shares insights and stories on the artists, details the social and historical influences at play, and offers fun activities for families to do together. Detailed listening guides help music fans understand song structure, lyrics, and instrumentation. Related listening lists introduce readers to other exciting artists in similar genres. Set into 52 "music labs," these stories can be explored at will by individuals and families or used as a curriculum for community groups and educators. There really are no other books out there like this—that are music appreciation books for a general audience that focus on popular music—so pick up yours today and soon have your whole family singing "We Rock". Upcoming volumes on Blues & Jazz and DJs, Dance, and Electronica are forthcoming.

All Music Guide

The Definitive Guide to Popular Music

Author: Vladimir Bogdanov,Chris Woodstra,Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9780879306274

Category: Music

Page: 1491

View: 4142

Arranged in sixteen musical categories, provides entries for twenty thousand releases from four thousand artists, and includes a history of each musical genre.

Are We Not New Wave?

Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s

Author: Theo Cateforis

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 047202759X

Category: Music

Page: 294

View: 3845

“Are We Not New Wave? is destined to become the definitive study of new wave music.” —Mark Spicer, coeditor of Sounding Out Pop New wave emerged at the turn of the 1980s as a pop music movement cast in the image of punk rock’s sneering demeanor, yet rendered more accessible and sophisticated. Artists such as the Cars, Devo, the Talking Heads, and the Human League leapt into the Top 40 with a novel sound that broke with the staid rock clichés of the 1970s and pointed the way to a more modern pop style. In Are We Not New Wave? Theo Cateforis provides the first musical and cultural history of the new wave movement, charting its rise out of mid-1970s punk to its ubiquitous early 1980s MTV presence and downfall in the mid-1980s. The book also explores the meanings behind the music’s distinctive traits—its characteristic whiteness and nervousness; its playful irony, electronic melodies, and crossover experimentations. Cateforis traces new wave’s modern sensibilities back to the space-age consumer culture of the late 1950s/early 1960s. Three decades after its rise and fall, new wave’s influence looms large over the contemporary pop scene, recycled and celebrated not only in reunion tours, VH1 nostalgia specials, and “80s night” dance clubs but in the music of artists as diverse as Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, and the Killers.

Roberto to the Dark Tower Came

Author: Tom Epperson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781946154088

Category: Fiction

Page: 350

View: 6959

From the author of The Kind One and Sailor comes a powerful, chilling page-turner. Roberto is a young left-wing South American journalist who receives an ominous phone call: leave the country in ten days, or die. He has every intention of leaving, as soon as he follows a lead on a major story developing in the jungle. The book follows him on his perilous journey into the heart of darkness in pursuit of his story. Unknowingly, Roberto is headed toward a confrontation with an evil darker than he could possibly have imagined.

Stripped: Depeche Mode

Author: Jonathan Miller

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857120263

Category: Music

Page: 552

View: 5361

An electrifying new biography about the four Essex lads who became award-winning stadium superstars and champions of synth pop! Jonathan Miller's groundbreaking book features in-depth interviews with founder member Vince Clarke and producers Gareth Jones and Mark Bell, and contains never-before seen interviews with the band members themselves. With additional input from Gary Human, Howard Jones and Thomas Dolby this is a unique portrait of a band that almost lost control when their lives went off the rails and lead singer Dave Gahan's heroin addiction nearly killed him. In the end Depeche Mode not only survived, they triumphed, racking up a staggering 40 million-plus album sales on the way. This is their amazing story, told in full for the first time. Born out of the post-punk backlash in the early 80's, Depeche Mode took their name from a phrase in a French style magazine and became the definitive international synth-pop group. Vince Clarke, Andy Fletcher and Martin Gore had started out as an Essex guitar band but it was their bright and upbeat synthesizer-driven brand of pop fronted by Dave Gahan that was to find global acceptance and enjoy unlikely success in the US. Despite a handful of early plaudits in the music press, the group won only intermittent critical acceptance over the years, its often light musical approach contrasting with lyrics that sometimes plunge into darker topics like S&M, religious fetishism and the scourge of capitalism. But whatever the music press said, the fans finally bought into Depeche Mode in a big way. Their Violator tour at the start of the 90s sold millions of records and turned them into major US concert stars. In true rock style, Depeche Mode's members have suffered their share of internal strife over a long career. Dave Gahan reinvented himself as a lead singer with both a harder musical edge and a near-fatal drug habit, while internal acrimony often marred the later stages of their career. Jonathan Miller has made an exemplary job of telling the Depeche Mode saga in its entirety and goes a long way towards explaining how the group have managed to thrive when almost all their post-punk contemporaries fell by the wayside long ago.

The Babylonian Trilogy

Author: Seb Doubinsky

Publisher: Weirdo Magnet

ISBN: 9781909849372

Category: Fiction

Page: 332

View: 7417

What could a depressed soldier, a bloodthirsty journalist, a strange dog, a writer in the making, a depressive commissioner, a hitman, a stripper and a poet possibly have in common? Well, they all live in Babylon, a city where everything is possible, including the impossible. The Babylonian Trilogy is a novel divided in three loosely related parts, each dealing with a particular aspect of the bizarre metropolis. In The Birth of Television according to Buddha, a collection of characters try to make some sense of their lives through the cacophony of a seemingly endless war in a far away place, crazed-fueled medias prepared to do anything for a good audience rating and a patchwork of cryptic messages told by a mysterious narrator... Commissioner Georg Ratner is the main character of Yellow Bull, a twisted crime fiction homage in which a modern Jack the Ripper tries to bloodily gain his way to fame. The only problem is that Georg Ratner has other, more important things on his mind than to catch him. Finally, three characters crisscross each other in The Gardens of Babylon, trying to find their way out of the suffocating concrete labyrinth. Which they finally do, but not the way they expected to...

The Very Best of Prince (Songbook)

Author: Prince

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 1458434818

Category: Music

Page: 160

View: 8951

(Guitar Recorded Versions). Note-for-note transcriptions of 17 smash hits from His Royal Badness! Includes: Cream * Diamonds and Pearls * I Would Die 4 U * Kiss * Let's Go Crazy * Little Red Corvette * 1999 * Purple Rain * Raspberry Beret * Sign O' the Times * When Doves Cry * U Got the Look * and more!

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory

Author: John Seabrook

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393241939

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 5114

"An utterly satisfying examination of the business of popular music." —Nathaniel Rich, The Atlantic There’s a reason today’s ubiquitous pop hits are so hard to ignore—they’re designed that way. The Song Machine goes behind the scenes to offer an insider’s look at the global hit factories manufacturing the songs that have everyone hooked. Full of vivid, unexpected characters—alongside industry heavy-hitters like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Max Martin, and Ester Dean—this fascinating journey into the strange world of pop music reveals how a new approach to crafting smash hits is transforming marketing, technology, and even listeners’ brains. You’ll never think about music the same way again. A Wall Street Journal Best Business Book

Refining Sound

A Practical Guide to Synthesis and Synthesizers

Author: Brian K. Shepard

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199922942

Category: Computers

Page: 237

View: 7380

Refining Sound is a practical roadmap to the complexities of creating sounds on modern synthesizers. As author, veteran synthesizer instructor Brian K. Shepard draws on his years of experience in synthesizer pedagogy in order to peel back the often-mysterious layers of sound synthesis one-by-one. The result is a book which allows readers to familiarize themselves with each individual step in the synthesis process, in turn empowering them in their own creative or experimental work. The book follows the stages of synthesis in chronological progression, starting readers at the raw materials of sound creation and ultimately bringing them to the final "polishing" stage. Each chapter focuses on a particular aspect of the synthesis process, culminating in a last chapter that brings everything together as the reader creates his/her own complex sounds. Throughout the text, the material is supported by copious examples and illustrations as well as by audio files and synthesis demonstrations on a related companion website. Each chapter contains easily digestible guided projects (entitled "Your Turn" sections) that focus on the topics of the corresponding chapter. In addition to this, one complete project will be carried through each chapter of the book cumulatively, allowing the reader to follow - and build - a sound from start to finish. The final chapter includes several sound creation projects in which readers are given types of sound to create as well as some suggestions and tips, with final outcomes is left to readers' own creativity. Perhaps the most difficult aspect of learning to create sounds on a synthesizer is to understand exactly what each synthesizer component does independent of the synthesizer's numerous other components. Not only does this book thoroughly illustrate and explain these individual components, but it also offers numerous practical demonstrations and exercises that allow the reader to experiment with and understand these elements without the distraction of the other controls and modifiers. Refining Sound is essential for all electronic musicians from amateur to professional levels of accomplishment, students, teachers, libraries, and anyone interested in creating sounds on a synthesizer.

Behind the Beat

Hip Hop Home Studios

Author: Raph,Raph Rashid

Publisher: Gingko PressInc

ISBN: 9781584235101

Category: Music

Page: 157

View: 3833

Looks at the studios of a variety of hip hop musicians and disc jockeys.

33 Revolutions per Minute

A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day

Author: Dorian Lynskey

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062078844

Category: Music

Page: 688

View: 9992

Dorian Lynskey is one of the most prominent music critics writing today. With 33 Revolutions Per Minute, he offers an engrossing, insightful, and wonderfully researched history of protest music in the twentieth century and beyond. From Billie Holiday and Woodie Guthrie to Bob Dylan and the Clash to Green Day and Rage Against the Machine, 33 Revolutions Per Minute is a moving and fascinating portrait of a century of popular music that tried to change the world.