By Sylvia Massy with Chris Johnson
Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques dares you to “unlearn” safe record-making, to get out from behind the windshield, stick your head out the sunroof, and put the pedal to the metal! Sylvia Massy and her cohort of celebrity music industry producers, engineers, and recording stars discard fixed notions about how music should be recorded and explore techniques that fall outside the norm and yield emotionally powerful, incredibly personal, gut-wrenching, and even scary recordings. Joined by Hans Zimmer, Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien, Jack Joseph Puig, Dave Pensado, Tchad Blake, Bob Clearmountain, Linda Perry, Michael Franti, Michael Beinhorn, Bob Ezrin, Geoff Emerick, and many others, this book has the stories, tips, recipes, photos, advice, diagrams, exercises, illustrations, and jokes that you won’t find in any other instructional manual. And what about that cover? Recording Unhinged contains many eye-popping illustrations by Sylvia herself. As if being a celebrated producer isn’t enough, Sylvia’s iconic illustrations bring real and imaginary recording situations to life. Catchy Bass Lines? Engineering Marvels? How to Mic a Chicken?!! Do a swan-dive into the unknown and make studio magic with inspiration from Recording Unhinged.
“For the first time, among the hundreds of books on the subject, we have a slice of life lived in the studio, never dull, rhythmically fast, and tasty reading. There are dozens of ideas from which to take inspiration to try new sounds and techniques. The patterns and iconography, curated by Sylvia add a touch of unique art unique. Highly recommended to the professionals, to those who study and those who want to relax with their favorite topic without having to think too much!” – Audiofader
“Thoroughly impressive in content, commentary, organization and presentation, Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques is unreservedly recommended for all aspiring and professional musicians regardless of the musical genre they work in. Of special note are the chapters on Vocals; Bass; Drums; Guitar; Piano and Organ; Strings, Horns, and Orchestra; Keys, Synths, and Samplers; Percussion and Other Noise; and Mixing. An invaluable and thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ instruction manual, Recording Unhinged will prove to be an enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Contemporary Music Studies reference collections in general, and album production supplemental studies reading lists in particular.” – Michael J. Carson, Midwest Book Review