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Unlocking the Groove: Rhythm, Meter, and Musical Design in Electronic Dance Music (Profiles in Popular Music) Paperback – March 20, 2006

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"This richly textured study provides brilliant insights into the rhythmic, metrical, and social dimensions of electronic dance music...."" —Ellie M. Hisama, Columbia University

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"Unlocking the Groove is a remarkable achievement and an important contribution to the study of popular music and culture. Combining keen analysis, clear prose, and an unabashed love for electronic dance music, Mark Butler unlocks for us a rich musical world, one that has not until now received the attention it deserves. This book belongs in the hands of... anyone who wants to know how music sweeps us on to our feet."" —Mark Katz, author of Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music

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  • Series: Profiles in Popular Music
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; Pap/Cdr edition (March 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253218047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253218049
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Insightful and detailed look at the structures of electronic dance music from many different levels. Recommended for those looking to understand how complex a seemingly simple four on the floor pattern can be, and what rhythmic characteristics make it groove. Lots of useful charts in the appendix mapping out example tracks by instrument, measure number, etc.. Certainly a valuable addition to the underpopulated field of rhythm studies.

Also, I just spoke with the publisher and they said the book is no longer in print, however, it looks like an e-book version is available online.
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If you want to come to a deeper understanding of techno and the world of electronic music, this is the book. Butler is a pioneer in an area of music that the academic world is just beginning to explore and understand.
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if you are a computer music producer this aint a book for u. only if you can read notations you can follow this book...

examples that i tought i will learn something from them, are not written and displayed in popular piano roll/step sequencer view like in Michael Hewitt's book. so if your are using softwares like fl studio ableton etc, and you want to expand your knowledge on making grooves, this might get tricky.
another star down for this book is because of the writer's constantly playing "journalism", writing about unnecesery information.

somehow i gave up from reading books this kind subject...

but, if you can read notation and want to read about stuff that not relate to MAKING music , this book is for you.
i want to point out that book is all about groove, but NOT about MAKING it all the time, sometimes it goes too far, too philosophicaly.
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