- File Size: 6087 KB
- Print Length: 368 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: BookBaby; 2 edition (January 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 13, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JAI8H6M
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,710 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Joe Meek's Bold Techniques Kindle Edition
|Length: 368 pages|
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Top Customer Reviews
First of all, with the printed book, you get a CD with Meek's "I hear a new world", remastered by the author. I ordered the Kindle edition and wondered about the CD, obviously is was not going to be included in an electronic version. Quite simply, there are a bunch of MP3 links at the end of the book to the author's own site with the files, so yes, it is included in the electronic version too, a nice touch.
I found the book very interesting. Just as the title says, it focuses on the techniques and technologies that Meek used, in fact there's almost a bit too much focus on exactly which tape recorders etc he owned and used. In complement there is a substantial amount of biographical information too, as well as analyses of several of Meek's productions, including "I hear a new world" and "Telstar".
Being an amateur musician and sound tinkerer, as well as an electrical engineer by profession, I found it all very interesting. The book nicely balances the raison-d'etre of Meek, namely his producing and recording skills, with biographical background information to give a complete picture.
A final note: if you are planning to watch "Telstar - the movie", I'd suggest reading a biography such as Cleveland's first. There are lots of subtle references in the film that will pass you by otherwise, and on its own the film doesn't paint a pretty picture of a man who was indeed a genius.
To my utter disappointment, the vast majority of the content is biographical, and rehashes the same narrative we've all heard a million times. There is a little bit more focus than other Meek bios on the history of the devices he built (but precious little on their design or construction), the layout of his studio and major gear purchases such as tape machine upgrades, but that's about it; no major recording secrets are revealed, apart from the familiar (stomping on loose floorboards etc). This is unfortunately not a very useful read for those wishing to learn how to replicate Joe Meek's recorded sounds. Don't let the title fool you; this is very much a biography. Overrated.