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This book is a collection of solutions to common roadblocks in the creative process, with a specific emphasis on solving musical problems, making progress, and (most importantly) finishing what you start. This site features a selection of chapters from the book.


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This book is a collection of solutions to common roadblocks in the creative process, with a specific emphasis on solving musical problems, making progress, and (most importantly) finishing what you start. This site features a selection of chapters from the book.

30 review for Making Music. 74 Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Maxton

    Esoteric electronic music alchemy methods. Incredibly insightful & helpful creative catalysts for musicians of all persuasions. I keep a copy with me 24/7.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Salvodaze

    What do you call about a book that teaches you so many valuable methods, gives you a new perspective and a good amount of information on a creativity-related subject as music production? Perfect.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Math Erao

    Super inspiring and a really easy read. Loved the format and got so many good ideas. Above all, it’s just nice being reminded that the struggles you have as a writer/producer of music are generally universal — and easy to work through if you have the right mindset.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John

    I read this book straight through; I am not an experienced composer. I'll be back in the future once I run into specific problems when making music. In the meantime I've learned a lot about how to listen to music and for that it is already worthwhile. I found the sections on attentive listening, effective melodic composition, harmonic vs surface rhythm, and composition forms all very enlightening. This is another one of those books that seems to uncover a whole slice of the world by giving me I read this book straight through; I am not an experienced composer. I'll be back in the future once I run into specific problems when making music. In the meantime I've learned a lot about how to listen to music and for that it is already worthwhile. I found the sections on attentive listening, effective melodic composition, harmonic vs surface rhythm, and composition forms all very enlightening. This is another one of those books that seems to uncover a whole slice of the world by giving me the tools to think about it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sami Shaaban

    If you make music on a computer, the bite-sized chapters in this book will make you think the author was reading your mind. The creative tips here probably apply to anyone engaged in a creative endeavor, but might only be interesting enough for you to connect to what you do if you also make electronic music. Even though an e-book was vastly less expensive than the hard copy, I ordered the "real" book from Ableton and expect to read it about 12 more times over the next decade.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    I absolutely loved this book. Many of the tips can be applied to other types of art, but electronic music producers will find the most value. I have found myself referencing this a lot when making music. The organization around 'beginning a song', 'progressing through a song', and 'finishing a song' is perfect, and a lot of content of this book are somewhat simple tips that while intuitive are not things you actively are aware of until you read them.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Baygeldin

    The creative side of things is rarely covered in other sources. This book is one of a kind. There are a lot of books that focus on the technical side of music production, but here we have a set of highly concise and practical lifehacks that can (and will!) boost your creativity and increase productivity.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jim Lemanowicz

    Interesting creative strategies Interesting, thoughtful creative strategies for music-making - at times with an emphasis on electronic music - which may even have relevance in other disciplines.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    I would call it the Bible for musicians. Must read especially for solo musicians who are making use of electronic music. Some parts were too short and would be better to elaborate more. That is why 4 stars. Otherwise, very valuable advices regarding almost any roadblocks in music making process.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Great list of approaches and simple ideas to refer back to whenever you’re feeling stuck. Will also use this as a reference when my work seems too repetitive.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Miki Gaby

    Awesome

  12. 4 out of 5

    jm

    Tons of great advice, although some of it seems to be more minced towards accidental discovery rather than deliberate creation.

  13. 4 out of 5

    White Rose

    this one's great, full of ideas for a n00b like me. I am starting with Ableton and a couple of valuable insights are more than appreciated!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Toto Tvalavadze

    No matter what level you are, this book is packed with great starter, work-in-progress and finishing ideas. For beginners it's basically pure gold—must read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael Mali

    If every hotel has a holy bible, every studio should have this book. Creative, concrete, concise advice for the electronic music producer; a truly inspiring read, no matter their DAW of choice.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eduardo Moura

    If you make music, whether it's electronic or not, reading this book is a must.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Moe Chaieb

    If you make any sort of electronic music, get this book. Incredible insights on all phases of the creative process. I will read it multiple times for sure.

  18. 5 out of 5

    David

    This is one of those books that capture the most common obstacles you face when dealing with electronic music production. Whether you're looking for tips to transform a four-bar loop into a full fledged track with proper tension and release à la progressive house or clever ways to incorporate misuse of standard DAW functions like quantization snap values, there's a lot of food for thought here. Various interesting analogies such as comparing a mix to a painting are also scattered throughout the This is one of those books that capture the most common obstacles you face when dealing with electronic music production. Whether you're looking for tips to transform a four-bar loop into a full fledged track with proper tension and release à la progressive house or clever ways to incorporate misuse of standard DAW functions like quantization snap values, there's a lot of food for thought here. Various interesting analogies such as comparing a mix to a painting are also scattered throughout the chapters. Going through this book also helped me slap a label on things like hocketing (Madeon, anyone?) and even the infamous 3-3-2 rhythm that is ubiquitous in many tracks today. While you could breeze through this book pretty quickly, I'd recommend taking it slow and digesting all the scenarios and the workflows proposed. This book also shines as source of reference because you never know when you're missing something unless you identify the scenario. Overall, a solid 5/5. I just wish I had a hard copy for quick reference and it deserves a spot in my library. Will definitely re-read in the future.

  19. 5 out of 5

    motioneffector

    I'm going to find the time to come back and give this a proper review, but in the meantime, 5 stars. This book is everything I thought and hoped it would be from the previews at the Ableton site... and more, much more. Never before have those vague "unanswerables" about creativity been so well answered, at least as it pertains to electronic music production. This book is definitely focused on electronic production (not EDM genres in specific) - the composition side, the neglected one. Anyone who I'm going to find the time to come back and give this a proper review, but in the meantime, 5 stars. This book is everything I thought and hoped it would be from the previews at the Ableton site... and more, much more. Never before have those vague "unanswerables" about creativity been so well answered, at least as it pertains to electronic music production. This book is definitely focused on electronic production (not EDM genres in specific) - the composition side, the neglected one. Anyone who struggles with writing music in general, electronic or not, will benefit - but parts are definitely specific to music made by computers. I'm already demonstrably better as a composer and have an easier time getting started after reading through one time, and I expect I will be re-reading and referencing back to this book over and over for a long time to come. If you've got any doubts, read the preview chapters on the official makingmusic.ableton site - though many of the best are reserved for the book itself. Proper review forthcoming. Note: This is NOT specific to Ableton users in any way - no matter your DAW, this will not exclude you. I use Maschine and found zero conflicts in that regard. Ableton is used for screenshots of the sequencer patterns, nothing more.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Peter Peerdeman

    This book was extremely expiring. It is not a book that teaches you ableton live, rather it focusses on the most challenging parts of creating music: creativity, producing content and finishing it. Each of the problems is very recognizable and the proposed strategies are actionable and clear. Can recommend this to anyone involved in creative processes. Btw, It is beautifully designed as well.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robert Holt

    This book is an incredible resource. It has solutions to nearly every issue I've run into while composing music. The print edition (I have both electronic and print) is so gorgeously laid-out and is a pleasure to read. Even if you're not an Ableton Live user, this applies to all music-making software-- and even to the creation of art in general.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angelo

    A succinct, broad, and invaluable collection of advice on how to start, develop, and finish electronic compositions (in any digital audio workstation). Utilizing tips in this book, I've learned to listen closely, arrange wisely, and--most importantly--"fail better". Recommended.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sergei

    Goes to reread later list.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jef Cunningham

    Not a tutorial book but much more philosophical - ways of thinking for getting around writers block when sitting at your drum machine :)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jeroen Mul

    Super useful book that helps you overcome creative struggles. Would recommend it to every electronic music producer, beginner or expert.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Seto Elkahfi

    A must read for aspiring music maker It's not about particular DAW. This book is about how to make music. I will make this as references in the future of my journey to create music.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

    Ever contemplate making music? You need this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Christopher Rowe

    Perfect for breaking free of production slumps.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dani Karanyi

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alex Dcs

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