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The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory

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The Song Machine: Inside The Hit Factory

New Yorker'staff writer John Seabrook tells a fascinating story of creativity and commerce that explains how songs have become so addictive.

Over the last two decades a new type of song has emerged. Today's hits bristle with " hooks," musical burrs designed to snag your ear every seven seconds. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are industrial-strength products made for malls, casinos, the gym, and the Super Bowl halftime show. The tracks are so catchy, and so potent, that you can't not listen to them.

Traveling from New York to Los Angeles, Stockholm to Korea, John Seabrook visits specialized teams composing songs in digital labs with novel techniques, and he traces the growth of these contagious hits from their origins in early '90s Sweden to their ubiquity on today's charts. Featuring the stories of artists like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, and Rihanna, as well as expert songsmiths like Max Martin, Ester Dean, and Dr. Luke, The Song Machine will change the way you listen to music.

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John Seabrook

John Seabrook

No of Pages
320
Publisher
HighBridge Company
ISBN-13
9781622319626
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Audio CD
Published Date
Oct 5, 2015

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About John Seabrook

John Seabrook is the author The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory,  published by Norton in October, 2015. He is also the author ofNobrow: The Culture of Marketing—The Marketing of Culture, which was published in 2000, and Deeper: My Two-Year Odyssey in Cyberspace, which was published in 1997, and Flash of Genius, and Other True Stories of Invention, published in 2008. He has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1989 and became a staff writer in 1993. He explores the intersection between creativity and commerce in the fields of technology, design, and music. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children and a dog and a cat.

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