BRUCE SWEDIEN: Make Mine Music
Years in the making and now finally available in the U.S., Make Mine Music is written by the multi-Platimum, Grammy Award — winning, Hall of Fame engineer/producer who has worked with the likes of Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, George Benson, Barbra Streisand, Missing Persons, David Hasselhoff, Jennifer Lopez and on Michael Jackson's blockbusters Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous — among so many more. Swedien's folksy style makes for an entertaining read as he swings between reminiscences of his life and most memorable sessions and short essays on recording/mixing techniques and his favorite mics. As a bonus, the last chapter features Swedien interviewing two of his idols: Bob Moog and Roger Linn. Overall, it's engrossing and fun, and provides a fascinating look into one of the industry's true legends. MIA Press (dist. by Hal Leonard Books, www.musicdispatch.com), $29.95.
D.I.Y. SPEAKERS: Speaker Building 201: With 11 Completely Designed Speaker Systems Including a 5.1 Home Theater System
Written by Ray Alden (a math teacher at a New York City high school), this book offers both novices and intermediate builders the tools to design and build speakers. The book features a variety of speaker projects, many of which were tested by loudspeaker expert Joseph D'Appolito. Published by Amateur Audio Inc., $34.95. www.audioXpress.com.