Books that helped you make better music


DAMN…sorry man. :grimacing:


Reading the Waldorf Blofeld manual, I noticed that, although only here and there, they added quite a few tips on sound design in the manual. I think this is a nice touch and thought it would be nice if other manuals would do that too. One could then read a manual like a book. I actually like reading manuals and appreciate a well written one.


I really enjoyed the Ableton book (battery’s gonna die or I’d get a link for ya)

And the book “lies my music teacher told me” is another good book.

“The inner game of music” is a bit bass-centric but is excellent!





Art and Fear: On the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland.


Before you learn to become a good artist, you need to learn how to be a better ventriloquist


I didn’t see these in the thread:

These two books are what rekindled my interest in electronic music production after a twenty-five-year hiatus of trying to be an adult.


Just started reading this book on Massive Attack. Let’s see how it goes.


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These books have helped me no end.


The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten is my favorite music book of all time. It reads like a story, is easy for anyone on any level to understand, and the wisdom is infinite. Can’t recommend this to everyone enough.


How is it? I love the band and I love 33 1/3 style books.


On the first hundred pages so far so good. You really get know Bristol as a town in the beginning and it’s music culture. I never knew my favorite graffiti writer Futura 2000 was a singer in a punk band.

Also found this old pdf in GS linking to FM programming the SY synths. Lots of basic FM info in it too


Just ordered computer music tutorial. Can’t wait to read all 1200 pages of it.


Currently reading (J. Anthony Allen - Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers), it’s the first theory book that has really clicked with me and already the stuff I’ve learned about chords and voicing has helped me make better music.

Strikes a nice balance of enough detail to be useful, while pragmatic and high level enough to be an easy read. Has some good examples from popular electronic music which is quite fun, and the use of the piano roll rather than the keyboard makes it quite practical for reading on the go and using e.g. your phone to play with the concepts. Also super cheap on Kindle (free for me with Prime!) and generally reads okay on there, the illustrations aren’t the easiest to read on it is the only thing.


yep we want regular updates too


Still an inspiring book for me. Although it is more Ableton Live oriented it helps me a lot for my hardware workflow, too.

Music Habits - The Mental Game of Electronic Music Production: Finish Songs Fast, Beat Procrastination and Find Your Creative Flow

Jason Timothy