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  • October 2014

    1 issue  /  $6.40 NZ

    Computer Music Specials

    Cutting edge music production magazine

    Computer Music Specials is a bi-monthly magazine from the creators of Computer Music. Computer Music Specials help you get to grips with wide ranging music topics, including top production techniques, sampling, popular software, sequencers, and tips on how to make it in the music industry. Computer Music Specials surrounds you in musical knowledge and inspiration from all genres, whether you DJ or play guitar and no matter your level, you'll find invaluable tips to help you create your best music yet. Please note: This title is no longer in produced. Only back issues are available to purchase.
  • Novembre - Decembre 2014

    6 issues /  $49.08 NZ


    Retrouvez tous les 2 mois un cahier détachable de 48 pages de partitions classées par difficulté et par courant musical, mais également des méthodes pour progresser pas à pas, des interviews et toute l'actualité du piano.
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $11.59 NZ

    The Blues : A Very Short Introduction

    "Praised as ""suave, soulful, ebullient"" (Tom Waits) and ""a meticulous researcher, a graceful writer, and a committed contrarian"" (New York Times Book Review), Elijah Wald is one of the leading popular music critics of his generation. In The Blues, Wald surveys a genre at the heart of American culture. It is not an easy thing to pin down. As Howlin' Wolf once described it, ""When you ain't got no money and can't pay your house rent and can't buy you no food, you've damn sure got the blues."" It has been defined by lyrical structure, or as a progression of chords, or as a set of practices reflecting West African ""tonal and rhythmic approaches,"" using a five-note ""blues scale."" Wald sees blues less as a style than as a broad musical tradition within a constantly evolving pop culture. He traces its roots in work and praise songs, and shows how it was transformed by such professional performers as W. C. Handy, who first popularized the blues a century ago. He follows its evolution from Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith through Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix; identifies the impact of rural field recordings of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton and others; explores the role of blues in the development of both country music and jazz; and looks at the popular rhythm and blues trends of the 1940s and 1950s, from the uptown West Coast style of T-Bone Walker to the ""down home"" Chicago sound of Muddy Waters. Wald brings the story up to the present, touching on the effects of blues on American poetry, and its connection to modern styles such as rap. As with all of Oxford's Very Short Introductions, The Blues tells you--with insight, clarity, and wit--everything you need to know to understand this quintessentially American musical genre."
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $19.35 NZ

    Why Jazz? : A Concise Guide

    "What was the first jazz record? Are jazz solos really improvised? How did jazz lay the groundwork for rock and country music? In Why Jazz?, author and NPR jazz critic Kevin Whitehead provides lively, insightful answers to these and many other fascinating questions, offering an entertaining guide for both novice listeners and long-time fans. Organized chronologically in a convenient question and answer format, this terrific resource makes jazz accessible to a broad audience, and especially to readers who've found the music bewildering or best left to the experts. Yet Why Jazz? is much more than an informative Q&A; it concisely traces the century-old history of this American and global art form, from its beginnings in New Orleans up through the current postmodern period. Whitehead provides brief profiles of the archetypal figures of jazz--from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to Wynton Marsalis and John Zorn--and illuminates their contributions as musicians, performers, and composers. Also highlighted are the building blocks of the jazz sound--call and response, rhythmic contrasts, personalized performance techniques and improvisation--and discussion of how visionary musicians have reinterpreted these elements to continually redefine jazz, ushering in the swing era, bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, and the avant-garde. Along the way, Why Jazz? provides helpful plain-English descriptions of musical terminology and techniques, from ""blue notes"" to ""conducted improvising."" And unlike other histories which haphazardly cover the stylistic branches of jazz that emerged after the 1960s, Why Jazz? groups latter-day musical trends by decade, the better to place them in historical context. Whether read in self-contained sections or as a continuous narrative, this compact reference presents a trove of essential information that belongs on the shelf of anyone who's ever been interested in jazz."
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $11.59 NZ

    Folk Music : A Very Short Introduction

    When we think of folk music, most of us picture Pete Seeger singing "This Land is My Land" or Joan Baez singing "Barbara Allen." But this stimulating Very Short Introduction throws open the doors on a remarkably diverse musical genre, in a wide-ranging portrait that goes far beyond America's shores to discuss folk music of every possible kind and in every corner of the globe. Written by award-winning musicologist Mark Slobin, this is the first compact introduction to folk music that offers a truly global perspective. Slobin offers an extraordinarily generous portrait of folk music, one that embraces a Russian wedding near the Arctic Circle, a group song in a small rainforest village in Brazil, and an Uzbek dance tune in Afghanistan. He looks in detail at three poignant songs from three widely separated regions--northern Afghanistan, Jewish Eastern Europe, and the Anglo-American world--with musical notation and lyrics included. And he also describes the efforts of scholars who fanned out across the globe, to find and document this ever-changing music.
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $11.59 NZ

    Film Music: A Very Short Introduction

    "Film music is as old as cinema itself. Years before synchronized sound became the norm, projected moving images were shown to musical accompaniment, whether performed by a lone piano player or a hundred-piece orchestra. Today film music has become its own industry, indispensable to the marketability of movies around the world. Film Music: A Very Short Introduction is a compact, lucid, and thoroughly engaging overview written by one of the leading authorities on the subject. After opening with a fascinating analysis of the music from a key sequence in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Kathryn Kalinak introduces readers not only to important composers and musical styles but also to modern theoretical concepts about how and why film music works. Throughout the book she embraces a global perspective, examining film music in Asia and the Middle East as well as in Europe and the United States. Key collaborations between directors and composers--Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, Akira Kurosawa and Fumio Hayasaka, Federico Fellini and Nino Rota, to name only a few--come under scrutiny, as do the oft-neglected practices of the silent film era. She also explores differences between original film scores and compilation soundtracks that cull music from pre-existing sources. As Kalinak points out, film music can do many things, from establishing mood and setting to clarifying plot points and creating emotions that are only dimly realized in the images. This book illuminates the many ways it accomplishes those tasks and will have its readers thinking a bit more deeply and critically the next time they sit in a darkened movie theater and music suddenly swells as the action unfolds onscreen."
  • The Ultimate Guide to Mixing

    1 issue  /  $11.92 NZ

    The Ultimate Guide to Mixing

    Packed with step-by-step mixing tutorials for all ability levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced

    As arguably the most amorphous and creatively subjective aspect of music production, mixing is also the most challenging stage of the process for many musicians. This is largely down to the fact that it’s a highly skilled art form requiring a lot of time and effort to become proficient at, of course, but also because there’s a lot of myth and mystique surrounding this particular area of audio engineering that can be deeply intimidating for the novice and even somewhat off-putting to more experienced hands.
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $25.83 NZ

    Acoustic Guitar Guide, Revised and Updated: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Maintain a New or Used Guitar

    This book will help all guitar players make better friends with their present guitar or decide on features to look for in a new one. They will learn about the differences in guitar woods (and how they sound), simple guitar maintenance, how to choose an instrument for their style of playing, what to expect from a music dealer, and the mystique of collectible guitars. This new edition includes more details on amplifying acoustic guitars, and a guide to guitar companies’ Web sites.
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $19.41 NZ

    The Replacements

    Formed in a Minneapolis basement in 1979, the Replacements were a notorious rock ’n’ roll circus, renowned for self-sabotage, cartoon shtick, stubborn contrarianism, stage-fright, Dionysian benders, heart-on-sleeve songwriting, and—ultimately—critical and popular acclaim. While rock then and now is lousy with superficial stars and glossy entertainment, the Replacements were as warts-and-all “real” as it got. In the first book to take on the jumble of facts, fictions, and contradictions behind the Replacements, veteran Minneapolis music journalist Jim Walsh distills hundreds of hours of interviews with band members, their friends, families, fellow musicians, and fans into an absorbing oral history worthy of the scruffy quartet that many have branded the most influential band to emerge from the ’80s. Former manager Peter Jesperson, Paul Stark and Dave Ayers of Twin/Tone Records, Bob Mould and Grant Hart of rivals Hüsker Dü, the legendary Curtiss A, Soul Asylum’s Dan Murphy, Lori Barbero of Babes in Toyland, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, power-pop hero Alex Chilton, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, and replacement Replacements Slim Dunlap and Steve Foley: all have something to say about the scene that spawned the band. These and dozens of others offer insights into the Replacement’s workings--and the band’s continuing influence more than fifteen years after their breakup. Illustrated with both rarely seen and classic photos, this, finally, is the rollicking story behind the turbulent and celebrated band that came on fast and furious and finally flamed out, chronicled by one eyewitness who was always at the periphery of the storm, and often at its eye.
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $14.18 NZ

    Intricate Preparations: Writing Leonard Cohen

    This essay collection reflects the scope and reach of Leonard Cohen’s influence. It ranges from academic essays that consider the treatment of the Holocaust in Cohen’s poetry, aspects of personal and national identity in his novels, and the theoretical problems of performance in his songs, to less formal discussions such as an Internet newsgroup thread on “Closing Time” and a description of fan reactions to his concert performances in Germany.
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $15.47 NZ

    Jam Bands: North America's Hottest Live Groups

    The first all-encompassing guide to the improvisational rock music scene and the emerging wave of improvisational music now thriving in North America. The book spans the continent, identifying more than 175 of the most noteworthy jam bands. Each entry includes photos, biographies, discographies, personal insights from band members, web site listings, and descriptions and analyses of each group's distinctive musical styles and talents.
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $19.35 NZ

    Grunge Is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music

    Weaving together the definitive story of the Seattle music scene through a series of interviews with the people who were there, this book contains more than 130 interviews, along with essential background information.
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $15.47 NZ

    Hallo Spaceboy: The Rebirth of David Bowie

    Riding on the heels of the author's previous David Bowie biography, this follow-up covers the post-1987 comeback that firmly established Bowie as one of the most influential rock stars to grace the musical landscape. Exclusive interviews with Bowie's colleagues, associates, and fans offer fresh perspectives on the superstar's reinvention as both a devoted family man and talent to be reckoned with. A complete discography covers all Bowie recordings, including hard-to-find bootlegs.
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $15.47 NZ

    Heart: In the Studio

    Profiling one of the most popular and enduring female-fronted hard rock bands in rock 'n' roll, this book offers a backstage pass to the writing and recording of all of Heart’s hit albums and smash singles. Featuring exclusive interviews with band leaders Ann and Nancy Wilson, this rock history also includes insights from longtime guitarist Howard Leese, as well as interviews with the producers who helped craft Heart's hits, including Mike Flicker, Ron Nevison, Keith Olsen, and Ritchie Zito.
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $7.71 NZ

    Heavy Metal Fun Time Activity Book

    With all the fun of a heavy metal parking lot without the beer stains and moshing, this activity book for kids and adults is an entirely new take on the coloring book genre. Headbangers get the chance to color legends like Metallica, Danzig, and Pantera; help get Spinal Tap through a backstage maze; complete the Black Metal word scramble and hair metal crossword; and solve heavy metal Sudoku.
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $31.07 NZ

    Husker Du

    <DIV> <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left: 0.5in">Bob Mould, Grant Hart, and Greg Norton formed H&uuml;sker D&uuml; in 1979 as a wildly cathartic outfit fueled by a cocktail of anger, volume, and velocity. Here's the first book to dissect the trio that countless critics and musicians have cited as one of the most influential bands of the 1980s. Author Andrew Earles examines how H&uuml;sker D&uuml; became the first hardcore band to marry pop melodies with psychedelic influences and ear-shattering volume. Readers witness the band create the untouchable noise-pop of LPs like New Day Rising, Flip Your Wig, and Candy Apple Grey, not to mention the sprawling double-length Zen Arcade. Few bands from the original American indie movement did more to inform the alternative rock styles that breached the mainstream in the 1990s. H&uuml;sker D&uuml; truly were visionaries. </p> </div>
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $29.76 NZ

    How to Hot Rod Your Fender Amp

    <div><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt;">This guidebook shows owners and dreamers the basics of getting the best sound possible out of their Fender amp with simple and advanced modifications. These include essential and fundamental tips like selecting tubes, capacitors, pots, and other electronic equipment, as well as biasing and setting up your amp. It also covers great hot-rodding enhancements to give you the tone of the pros at your fingertips, such as making one channel into an overdrive channel, modifying tone controls, making one channel either a Marshall or Vox channel (changing preamp and tone arrangement&mdash;not a permanent, destructive mod), building splitter boxes to run two amps simultaneously, creating splitter speaker setups within one amp, building the perfect gig amp (something light and portable, but with big sound, like an early Mesa Boogie), and more.</p></div>
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $37.53 NZ

    The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones

    <DIV> <p class="MsoNormal">Two of the world&rsquo;s preeminent music journalists tackle the liveliest debate in rock history: which band is the greatest ever&mdash;the Beatles or the Rolling Stones? More than two dozen topics of debate are addressed, with cases being made both for the lads from Liverpool and rock&rsquo;s proto bad boys. From the Cavern and Crawdaddy clubs through head-to-head comparisons of specific albums (e.g., <i>Exile</i> or &ldquo;the White Album&rdquo;?), members&rsquo; roles within the bands, the Svengali-like managers, influential producers, musical influences, and more, this is the book that dares confront the topics over which fans have agonized for years. Illustrated throughout with photography and memorabilia, the book also features a lenticular cover piece that alternates between the two bands.</p> </div>
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $25.88 NZ


    <p><div><DIV>Queen was renowned for electrifying performances, envied for rumors of rock excess, and beloved for music that melded an array of genres. Now available in a nicely priced paperback edition comes the first history befitting this larger-than-life rock band.</div><div>&#160;</div><div>Packed with stunning performance and offstage photographs&mdash;dozens of them previously unpublished&mdash;as well as handbills, posters, backstage passes, tickets, T-shirts, LPs, and singles gathered from around the globe, this is the ultimate visual history for Queen fans everywhere. A history of the band spans the pre-Queen years to current work with Paul Rodgers. Complementing this thorough account are reviews of all studio and live albums; complete tour dates; an extensive discography; reflections on the band and their music from some of rock&rsquo;s top performers past and present; and exclusive insights from their former crew.</div></div></p>
  • 1st edition

    1 issue  /  $32.35 NZ


    <p>It was the twang heard 'round the world: Rockabilly was born out of country, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues in the 1950s, becoming rock &rsquo;n&rsquo; roll and ruling the world. Here&rsquo;s the story of Elvis Presley&rsquo;s first Sun records that inspired all. And here&rsquo;s Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, and many more rockabillies from the golden years of 1955&ndash;1959, in a book chock full of photos, collectible memorabilia, movie posters, rare records, fashion, and rebel lifestyle. Includes contributions from noted music journalists Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, and more.</p><div><DIV>&#160;</div><div>The story continues today, with a rockabilly revival that began with stars, such as the Stray Cats and Robert Gordon, spreading around the globe from Europe to Japan. Today, rockabilly is better than ever, with bands like Rev. Horton Heat and others playing the music and living the life from Memphis to Helsinki to Tokyo. There&rsquo;s still good rockin&rsquo; tonight!</div></div><p>&#160;</p>
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