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The Daily Adventures of Mixerman: What Spinal Tap did to heavy metal, Mixerman does to the recording process Paperback – November 23, 2018
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In the summer of 2002, I began to chronicle my Daily events on a Major Label recording session with a bidding-war band, an infamous producer, and a seemingly limitless budget. Every night, after a long session with these crazy characters, I posted up the day's events.
As Metro reporter Gina Arnold put it, "Mixerman is supposed to be writing about recording techniques, but somehow, through that prism, he has hit upon a gripping story." That's right, it was even mentioned in random newspapers at the time.When I began posting my story, I had an audience of 200. By week 4 that grew to 25,000. And by the last entry, I was posting to the delight of over 150,000 music business professionals around the world. There were discussion threads all over the music business and recording boards, debating every decision we made along the way. The story went viral before viral was even really a thing.
If you pursue the reviews, you'll find that most people find my diaries sidesplittingly hilarious. Others view them as reprehensible. But really, that just makes it all even more hilarious. Whatever your reaction might be, this story is, without a doubt, the most infamous studio story ever told.
The Daily Adventures are available in every format, but you may want to investigate the audiobook, which has been produced like an old radio show, with music, foley, sound ƒx, and characters performed by some of the most well-known record producers and engineers of all time. This is not your Father's audiobook. It's your Great Grandfathers! With a modern twist, of course.
"By its fourth week, the diary was getting 25,000 hits a day and drawing attention from every stripe of the music business, as well as other bloggers, Internet junkies, and insiders. It was a phenomenon . . . The final chapter is here, too, for new readers, as well as the more than 140,000 Web readers who may have lost a night's sleep here or there, wondering what became of their all-too-human, less-than-gifted cast of characters." "I have never laughed so hard at any book in my life! It is such a good book that I am reading it now for the second time."
"The story has a feeling of life. A sense of reality that is all too uncommon in the world of music. It gives you a view of the real day to day pleasure and pain involved in the life of an Audio Engineer or Producer. It pulls you along at its pace, sometimes a fast shuffle, other times a slow waltz as you watch a train wreck taking place, one frame at a time." "This is a very entertaining book." "Absolutely the best book I've ever read, music wise. Funny, smart, well written."
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- Publisher : Mixerman Publishes (November 23, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 348 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0960040501
- ISBN-13 : 978-0960040506
- Item Weight : 1.13 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.87 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #605,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But most importantly - it is very very funny. This guy has a sense of humour and manages to share with you his amusement at the zany characters he meets in his recording sessions. All in all this is the most entertaining and fun book on music and the music industry I have ever read - warmly recommended.
I have never laughed so hard at any book in my life! It is such a good book that I am reading it now for the second time.
If you want a good laugh and also want to learn a bit about what goes on in rock band recording sessions, you need to buy this book. But be prepared to laugh your butt offffff......LOL
This is a gut-bustingly funny story, told from a professional (and very colorful) audio engineer's perspective. Anyone with a mild interest in the music industry should find it extremely entertaining!
My only gripe, and it's a big one (to me), has to do with the absolutely horrendous quality of the copy. I don't know how the text was entered or scanned to make this version, but there are so many errors it's quite distracting. Small c's become e's, letters are literally chopped in half, words are hyphenated in the middle of a line. Those are just a few examples. For that it loses one star. I know I'm a bit of an obsessive-compulsive Grammar Nazi, but it really does detract from my enjoyment of the book. I don't like to be translating while I read, which is what I basically have to do multiple times on every page.
Perhaps if I rolled a fatty, it wouldn't bug me so much.
Full of personal insight into ways music and the business has changed in the past and where it might be going into the future. It is obvious from the start that Mixerman knows the industry from the inside with colorful accounts of what goes wrong when recording musicians and dealing with their entourage of executives.
The story has a feeling of life. A sense of reality that is all too uncommon in the world of music. It gives you a view of the real day to day pleasure and pain involved in the life of an Audio Engineer or Producer. It pulls you along at its pace, sometimes a fast shuffle, other times a slow waltz as you watch a train wreck taking place, one frame at a time.
If you ever wondered how music is made or what it is like to work with "The Talent" then let Mixerman show you that world. Let him tell his story from the inside. Allow yourself to see past the fame and fortune, the glamor and glitz, the ego and arrogance. Take a look at how it all falls apart for a band with an opportunity to die for.
But be warned, you may not see the music industry and its "talent" the same way, ever again.
My only quibble would be that if you have read Mixerman's blog made during the session, as a diary of sorts, then you have already read the majority of the book. Still, it is nice to have it as a hard copy, and it was still fun to read again. And if you haven't read the blog, then it's all new to you.
As funny & ridiculous as some of the situations seem throughout the book, any musician or engineer can tell you that most of it is all too real...it just doesn't usually all happen on the same session.
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You really need to have experience of musicians, bands, record industry types and the recording process to get the most from this, but even if you don't it will give some idea of the farcical nature of so much that goes on. The engineer come mixer is the most under appreciated person in the music business and this book certainly proves that - he is actually the key person, the calm at the centre of the storm.