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Making Music

74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers

This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.


For many artists, nothing inspires more existential terror than actually making art. The fear that we’re not good enough or that we don’t know enough results in untold numbers of creative crises and potential masterpieces that never get realized.

Electronic musicians used to be able to hide behind clunky, emerging technology as an excuse for inaction. But musicians today live in a golden age of tools and technology. A ninety-nine-cent smartphone app can give you the functionality of a million-dollar recording studio. A new song can be shared with the world as soon as it’s finished. Tutorials for every sound design or music production technique can be found through a Google search. All of these developments have served to level the playing field for musicians, making it possible for a bedroom producer to create music at a level that used to be possible only for major-label artists.

But despite all of this, making music is still hard. Why?

Making Music was written both to answer this question and to offer ways to make it easier. It presents a systematic, concrete set of patterns that you can use when making music in order to move forward. It will teach you how to make music using technology, with a specific emphasis on solving musical problems, making progress, and (most importantly) finishing what you start.


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Customer Reviews

Ashton McCreight

Excellent book for music producers who are struggling with their craft.


This book isn’t really about how to use certain techqniques but more about workflow and getting things done. It’s basically telling you to stop making excuses and just do the work because in the end producing music is a form of work. If you have any metal blocks in creating music I highly recommend this book I’ve grown as a musician and a producer 10 fold.

No tech.

This is a solid book on avenues of creativity, changing your workflow, experimenting with new ideas, and ultimately changing your brought process when you approach your DAW.

Warning, this is not a book that explains your gear. That being said, this book changed the game for me. I now approach music creation differently. I definitely recommend this to all electronic music producers.

Making Music
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Music
  • Published: Apr 22, 2015
  • Publisher: Ableton AG
  • Seller: Ableton AG
  • Print Length: 344 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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