Academic journal article MEIEA Journal

Less Noise, More Soul: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music

Academic journal article MEIEA Journal

Less Noise, More Soul: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music

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David Flitner, Editor. Less Noise, More Soul: The Search for Balance in the Art, Technology, and Commerce of Music. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Books, 2013. www.haUeonardbooks.com.

This book makes for an interesting contrast with the Ariel Hyatt book reviewed below. Flitner's work is a collection of articles by fifteen authors representing a variety of functions in the industry. The common thread is a certain skepticism about the current direction of the industry and its impact on artistry as opposed to commerce. These concerns include the ever-present drive to raise the noise level of recordings, concerns about the increasing amount of corporate ownership of radio stations, and the effects of the iPod in decreasing the audience for radio, as well as the sale of albums. The contributors to the book, all with excellent credits, include mastering engineer Bob Ludwig, independent record label pioneer Will Ackerman, and other leading producers, engineers, musicians, and recording artists. …

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