The Poetics of Rock: Cutting Tracks, Making Records / Edition 1

The Poetics of Rock: Cutting Tracks, Making Records / Edition 1

by Albin J. Zak
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520232240

ISBN-13: 9780520232242

Pub. Date: 11/20/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

After a hundred years of recording, the process of making records is still mysterious to most people who listen to them. Records hold a fundamental place in the dynamics of modern musical life, but what do they represent? Are they documents? Snapshots? Artworks? Fetishes? Commodities? Conveniences? The Poetics of Rock is a fascinating exploration of

Overview

After a hundred years of recording, the process of making records is still mysterious to most people who listen to them. Records hold a fundamental place in the dynamics of modern musical life, but what do they represent? Are they documents? Snapshots? Artworks? Fetishes? Commodities? Conveniences? The Poetics of Rock is a fascinating exploration of recording consciousness and compositional process from the perspective of those who make records.
In it, Albin Zak examines the crucial roles played by recording technologies in the construction of rock music and shows how songwriters, musicians, engineers, and producers contribute to the creative project, and how they all leave their mark on the finished work.

Zak shapes an image of the compositional milieu by exploring its elements and discussing the issues and concerns faced by artists. Using their testimony to illuminate the nature of record making and of records themselves, he shows that the art of making rock records is a collaborative compositional process that includes many skills and sensibilities not traditionally associated with musical composition. Zak connects all the topics—whether technical, conceptual, aesthetic, or historical—with specific artists and recordings and illustrates them with citations from artists and with musical examples.
In lively and engaging prose, The Poetics of Rock brilliantly illustrates how the musical energy from a moment of human expression translates into a musical work wrought in sound.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520232242
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/20/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction
1. Writing Records
2. Tracks
3. Sound as Form
4. Places and Tools
5. Tracking and Mixing
6. Engineers and Producers
7. Resonance
Notes
Glossary
Engineer and Producer Credits
Recordings Cited
Bibliography

Index

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