In addition to interviews with Alan Parsons, Herbie Hancock, BT, Todd Rundgren, Steve Reich and Phil Ramone, among many more,
The Art of Digital Music
relates how digital technology has shaped how music is created and heard today. From producing “in the box” to software-based productions to using MIDI, remixes and relying on plug-ins rather than real instruments, co-authors Kelli Richards and David Battino also interview representatives from industry-leading manufacturers such as Ableton Software, Digidesign, Propellerhead Software, EastWest, Gracenote and many others. The foreword is by Stewart Copeland, who describes through personal anecdotes how technology has blurred the lines between artists, hobbyists and fans. Backbeat Books (www.backbeatbooks.com), $27.95.
Andrea Pejrolo, music technology professor, MIDI programmer, sound designer, composer/arranger and jazz acoustic and electric bassist who is currently teaching at Berklee College of Music and The New England Institute of Art, has released her illustrated guide to audio sequencing,
Creative Sequencing Techniques for Music Production. The book focuses on leading audio sequencers, including Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Cubase SX and Logic. Techniques are divided into basic, intermediate and advanced sections, with tips on groove quantizing, sound layering, tap tempo, creative meter and tempo changes, advanced use of plug-ins automation and advanced mixing. The accompanying CD includes examples of arrangements and techniques. Elsevier (www.elsevier.com), $39.95.