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David Flitner is the author of two previous books and has written on music and public affairs for numerous publications, from major newspapers to Billboard. He composes and records with the band Thinline.

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Books (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617130982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617130984
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing on July 18, 2013
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For once, a cliché is accurate - you really CAN'T judge a book by its' cover.

Anyone expecting "Less Noise, More Soul" to be a series of diatribes railing against the tools of the digital age, while simultaneously longing for the "good old days", will be sorely disappointed. Instead, a collection of informed essays by leaders from varied ends of the music industry grapple with the ongoing use, and in many cases, misuse, of the recent advances in technology. NOT ONE advocates rejecting the "new" items at their disposal, whether for purposes of writing, recording, engineering, producing, distributing, or broadcasting. (And the list of writers from each one of these fields reads like a virtual All Star team of the music business). But then again, they all share a common opinion that the ease of operation and access inherent in the digital age has somehow allowed for a lack of attention to the fundamentals of creating music. In short, recording software, computer plug-ins, data-driven listener "focus groups", and the explosion of both the internet and social media, have essentially allowed bad music to be written hastily, recorded cheaply, produced thoughtlessly, and distributed quickly.

Though the book may be intended as a reference tool in an academic setting, it reads so easily, and its' writers are so adept at relating their individual experiences, that it really becomes a "must-read" for anyone for whom music matters. Whether or not it was intended, "Less Noise, More Soul" is sequenced much like a well-planned album. Lydia Hutchinson opens with, "I lost my iPod last week, and quite honestly, I'm shocked at how little it mattered to me". It's the best opener I've read or heard in a while, and it immediately pulled me in.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zman1975 on August 29, 2013
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What an awesome book for people that long for the "good old" days when not only did music matter, but so did the production values that went into putting together a solid recording. If you hate the digital age and the disposable nature of most music coming out nowadays, this book will be of great comfort.
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