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The Art of Music Production.
The Art of Music Production is the first book to analyze and describe the music producer’s role in creating successful recordings in detail. It is the definitive guide to the art and business of music production, now in its fourth edition.
Richard James Burgess, author and producer, simplifies this complex field by defining the distinct roles of a music producer.
The first section of the book discusses the fundamental theory underlying the art of music production. The second section discusses the practical aspects of the job, such as training, entering the industry, and—most importantly—the musical, financial, and interpersonal relationships producers have with artists and their labels. The book is jam-packed with insights from successful music producers spanning decades of recorded sound to today’s chart-topping artists and transcending genre boundaries. It contains numerous illuminating anecdotes that cover both the daily and overarching career challenges that a producer faces. Burgess discusses how technology has altered the nature of music production, most notably the millennial shift associated with digital recording and distribution. His decades of experience in the recording industry as a studio musician, artist, composer, producer, manager, and marketer, combined with his extensive academic research in the field, lends the topic an unmatched breadth and depth of understanding.