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The Poetics of Rock: Cutting Tracks, Making Records

Albin Zak


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? This book explores recording consciousness and compositional process from the perspective of those who make records. It 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 creat ... More

Keywords: recording technologies, rock music, songwriters, musicians, engineers, producers, collaborative process, musical composition, musical examples

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520218093
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520218093.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Albin Zak, author