Sylvia Massy Shares Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques
Montclair, NJ – Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques dares you to “unlearn” safe record-making, to get out from behind the windshield, stick your head out the sunroof, and put the pedal to the metal!
“There have been countless how-to books on sound recording, but this isn’t one of them. Sylvia Massy has a unique perspective on what makes musicians tick and how great recordings are created. This book is a brilliantly assembled insight into there world and is a cracking good read,” says Alan Parsons.
Recording Unhinged, Sylvia Massy and her cohort of celebrity music industry producers, engineers, and recording stars discard fixed notions about how music should be recorded. They explore techniques that fall outside the norm, yielding emotionally powerful, incredibly personal, gut-wrenching, and even scary recordings. With commentary by Hans Zimmer, Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien, Jack Joseph Puig, Dave Pensado, Tchad Blake, Bob Clearmountain, Linda Perry, Michael Franti, Michael Beinhorn, Bob Ezrin, Geoff Emerick, and many others, this book includes the stories, tips, and advice that you won’t find in any other instructional manual.
“Working with Sylvia on Undertow was an absolute pleasure. Whether recording the destruction of a piano with sledgehammers and shotguns, or dialing in killer drum sounds with the greatest mic choices, her approach was always fresh, fun, and never preconceived. This book will assuredly inspire some wacky recording sessions!”, praises Danny Carey (drummer from TOOL).
Recording Unhinged is also unique in its inclusion of exercises, diagrams, jokes, photos, and other images all related to more adventurous recording techniques. Thought the book (and on the cover) are many full-color illustrations – created by a musical genius – Massy herself!
$29.99 (US), Inventory #HL 00142105, ISBN: 9781495011276, Width: 8.5″, Length: 11.0″, 242 pages
About the Authors:
SYLVIA MASSY is a music producer who has been awarded over 25 gold and platinum records, including several Grammy-nominated albums. She is best known for her work with major acts such as Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash, Prince, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Notorious for her unusual, and sometimes dangerous, production techniques, Massy is a legend in the music industry. She is also a gifted artist and illustrator, published columnist, and in-demand education. Her debut book, Recording Unhinged, shares her offbeat approaches to achieving some of the world’s most cutting-edge recordings. Known to hang singers upside down, throw guitars off cliffs, and play chicken solos, Massy is a living inspiration to the upcoming generation of artists and producers. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.
CHRIS JOHNSON is a writer, artist, and ordained minister. He is an adventurer who has made a career of unusual jobs: ditch digger, taxi driver, personal butler, dog-food chef, and he started his own religion. Johnson is an acrobat on his Segway, which he won in an essay contest, he has traveled extensively; and he has spent much of his life on Nantucket and other islands. Johnson currently lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his partner, Sylvia Massy.