The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory

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New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook tells a fascinating story of creativity and commerce that explains how songs have become so addictive. Over the last two decades a new type of song has emerged. Today's hits bristle with "hooks," musical burrs designed to snag your ear every seven seconds. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are industrial-strength products made for malls, casinos, the gym, and the Super Bowl halftime show. The tracks are so catchy, and so potent, that you can't not listen to them. Traveling from New York to Los Angeles, Stockholm to Korea, John Seabrook visits specialized teams composing songs in digital labs with novel techniques, and he traces the growth of these contagious hits from their origins in early '90s Sweden to their ubiquity on today's charts. Featuring the stories of artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Rihanna, as well as expert songsmiths like Max Martin, Ester Dean, and Dr. Luke,The Song Machinewill change the way you listen to music.

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“Through immersive anecdotes and witty observations, Seabrook explores questions of ownership and taste, and about the music business as a whole, as we learn it’s not just the ‘song machine’ that’s brilliant but also the people churning the gears.”
- Isabella Biedenharn, Entertainment Weekly

“Well researched.... Seabrook...takes us inside the troubled modern music business.”
- Touré, New York Times Book Review

“Fascinating.... lively, entertaining and often insightful, of interest both to pop mavens and to those who couldn’t imagine caring about the latest hits.”
- Christopher Carroll, Wall Street Journal

“Fascinating.... Copy editors will rejoice at Seabrook’s well-written and deeply researched book. He is a staff writer for The New Yorker and his book fits into that magazine’s penchant for telling very detailed stories about things you might not notice about pop culture.”
- Charles R. Cross, Seattle Times

“A fascinating history, one that encompasses everything from the Brill Building and Phil Spector to Afrika Bambaataa to ‘American Idol.’ Running underneath the human stories like a bassline is the inexorable flow of technology.”
- Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe

“Invaluable.”
- Louis Bayard, Washington Post

“A revelatory ear-opener.”
- Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Brilliant.”
- Michael Hann, The Guardian

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Descrizione libro Vintage Publishing, United Kingdom, 2015. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. One night in the early 1990s, a young Swedish music producer put a demo tape into the cassette deck of his Nissan Micra to listen to on his drive home. Before he got there, Denniz PoP knew he wasn t interested in producing the band, a bunch of unknowns called Ace of Base. But when he tried to remove the tape, it wouldn t come out, and no amount of mashing the Eject button would dislodge it. After two weeks of listening to the song on repeat, suddenly Denniz saw a way to make the tune work. That demo became All That She Wants and its success led to Ace of Base s record becoming one of the best-selling debut albums ever. From Tin Pan Alley and Motown to Rihanna and Taylor Swift, manufactured music has existed since the record industry began. But All That She Wants heralded the arrival of a new type of hitmaker, the faceless teams behind the music who painstakingly craft tunes to tweak the brain s delight in melody, rhythm and repetition. Travelling from New York to Los Angeles, Stockholm to Korea, John Seabrook visits the labs that build these hits, where teams assemble hook, bridge and chorus to infuriatingly catchy effect.If you ve ever found yourself humming a chart hit you didn t even know you knew, this book will change the way you listen to music. Codice libro della libreria AAZ9780224099417

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