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Laptop Music Power The Comprehensive Guide Aug 2005
by John Von Seggern
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Using computers in live music performance is more popular than ever. More and more, musicians and bands working in a wide variety of musical styles are making great music with computers and today's powerful software. Laptop Music Power! provides comprehensive and much-needed information on this broad cutting-edge topic, including comparisons of various hardware and software setups, the musical advantages and disadvantages of each, and tips on getting started using computers to perform your own music live. The book includes numerous interviews with musicians - ranging from experimental underground electronica performers to big-budget rock and pop acts - that provide in-depth explanations of their gear and tell how they use computers as part of their music performance. Primarily focusing on the practical side of using computers to perform, this book also explores how the music creation process is changing and how computers and the Internet are affecting our relationship with music. This book provides in-depth coverage on: using computers in today's live music scene * choosing the right computer - Mac or PC * choosing an audio interface and a MIDI controller * DJing digitally using Traktor DJ Studio, Virtual DJ, and others * performing with Ableton Live and other looping software * sequencing with today's various applications * and much more!
About the Author
John von Seggern has been a professional musician and producer since 1991, moving between Tokyo, Hong Kong, and California. He is currently working as a digital DJ and producer in Los Angeles in addition to working for M-Audio, the leading company in computer audio. John began his musical career as a session bassist in Asia, and he has played with many of the top artists in the Asian music industry, including recorded appearances on numerous CDs and movie soundtracks in Tokyo and Hong Kong as well as participating in five world concert tours.
Having made a successful career as a studio musician, John became interested in electronic music through his involvement in Hong Kong's growing club culture in the mid-1990s and began his own group with partner Stephen Ives in Hong Kong in 1999, the Digital Cutup Lounge. DCL have gone on to record two CDs of groundbreaking music together (the first DCL CD,Cutup Mixdown, was named Album of the Year in Hong Kong in 2001 by HK Magazine, who called it '?the most exciting thing to hit the Asian music industry in years?') and have remixed a string of top international artists including Nelly Furtado, Enrique Iglesias, Lee Ann Womack, Barry White, Astrud Gilberto, Trilok Gurtu, Asha Bhonsle (India), Alsou (Russia), the Safri Duo (Denmark), and Sam Hui (Hong Kong). Their music has been released in North America, Japan, Europe, India, Southeast Asia, and Australia.
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