Music Production: For Producers, Composers, Arrangers, and Students

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Scarecrow Press, Dec 16, 2011 - Music - 422 pages
The guidance of a skilled music producer will always be a key factor in producing a great recording. In that sense, as Michael Zager points out in his second edition of Music Production: For Producers, Composer, Arrangers, and Students, the job of amusic producer is analogous to that of a film director, polishing work product to its finest sheen. And this is no small matter in an age when the recording industry is undergoing its most radical change in over half a century. Although innate talent and experience are key elements in the success of any music producer, Music Production serves as a roadmap for navigating the continuous changes in the music industry and music production technologies. From dissecting compositions to understanding studio technologies, from coaching vocalists to arranging and orchestration, from musicianship to marketing, advertising to promotion, Music Production takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the world of music production, letting readers keep pace with this rapidly changing profession. The focus of the second edition is on such topics as the expanded role of music supervisors, the introduction of new production techniques, and the inclusion of new terms in music industry contracts. Including new interviews with eminent industry professionals, Music Production is the ideal handbook for the aspiring music production student and music professional.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 An Overview of Record Production
3
Chapter 2 The Creative Concepts of Production
11
Chapter 3 The Artist
31
Chapter 4 Songwriting
41
Chapter 5 Arranging and Orchestration
57
Chapter 6 Approaching an Arrangement and Orchestration
93
Chapter 7 Coaching Singers and Musicians
107
Chapter 8 Mixing and Mastering
124
Part II RECORDING TECHNOLOGY
257
Chapter 16 The Studio
259
Chapter 17 Audio Engineering
284
Part III THE MUSIC BUSINESS
309
Chapter 18 A Combination of Art and Business
311
Chapter 19 The Record Business
324
Chapter 20 Marketing and Promotions
350
Chapter 21 Business Agreements and Creating a Business Plan
367

Chapter 9 Music Videos Video Games and Film and Television Trailers
141
Chapter 10 The Production Process
149
Chapter 11 Producing Music for Film and Classical Recordings
150
Chapter 12 Producing Library Music
167
Chapter 13 Producing Advertising Music Television Music and Corporate Music
171
Chapter 14 A Brief History of Popular Music Part I
180
Chapter 15 A Brief History of Popular Music Part II
213
Chapter 22 Album Production Budget
396
Chapter 23 An Opinion
401
Chapter 24 Epilogue
404
Bibliography
407
Index
409
About the Author
421
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About the author (2011)

Michael Zager is professor of Music, Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in Performing Arts, and director of Commercial Music at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author ofWriting Music for Television and Radio Commercials and More (Scarecrow, 2008) andMusic Production (Scarecrow, 2006).

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