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Mirror Sound: The People and Processes Behind Self-Recorded Music

Mirror Sound: The People and Processes Behind Self-Recorded Music


Available for Pre-Order. This item will be available on October 20, 2020


A visual portrait that delves into the people and processes behind self-recorded music, featuring some of the biggest names in music today.

Everywhere you look, musicians are creating, recording, and selling their music without the help of big-name studios, producers, or labels. This book offers tangible—and visually stunning—proof that self-recording is a path to artistic freedom. Each chapter takes on a specific aspect of self-recording through original interviews with musicians and all new photography, revealing the joys and complications of recording music on one's own terms. You'll learn how some of your favorite musicians charted their path to self-recording and how they use emerging technologies to make exceptional music. The book features intimate shots of artists recording in living rooms, backyards, and garages—such as Eleanor Friedberger, Mac DeMarco, Vagabon, Tune-Yards, Yuka Honda, and more. The first book devoted entirely to the practice of self-recording, Mirror Sound charts a way forward for any musician who aspires to make their own music and those who just love to listen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783791386539
Publisher: Prestel Publishing
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 11.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

SPENCER TWEEDY, a musician and writer from Chicago, has collaborated on albums by Mavis Staples, Norah Jones, and Beck with his father, Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy. He has written for Rookie and Talkhouse.

DANIEL TOPETE, a New York City-based photographer, shoots for Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, Atlantic Records, Converse, VICE, Virgin EMI Records, and more.

LAWRENCE AZERRAD, a Los Angeles-based art director and graphic designer, has created album art for bands including Wilco and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Azerrad is a 2017 Grammy Award winner for his work on The Voyager Golden Record 40th Anniversary Edition and is the author of Supersonic: The Design and Lifestyle of Concorde (Prestel).

CARRIE BROWNSTEIN is the co-founder of American indie rock band Sleater-Kinney, as well as a creator, writer, and co-star of the television show Portlandia. She is the author of Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir.