If you don’t know this book, then you should at least know about this book

I think I’ve mentioned this book before, but I was reading it again today and decided that I really needed to mention it again.

If you make electronic music then this book is a great way to develop your practice and expand how you think about your music. It’s given me new ideas, confirmed my suspicions in some areas and set me straight in others. Some sections have been more useful to me than others, and I expect that you’ll find it useful in different ways than I have.

Here’s the book’s description on iBooks:

“For many artists, nothing inspires more existential terror than actually making art. The fear that we’re not good enough or that we don’t know enough results in untold numbers of creative crises and potential masterpieces that never get realized.

Electronic musicians used to be able to hide behind clunky, emerging technology as an excuse for inaction. But musicians today live in a golden age of tools and technology. A ninety-nine-cent smartphone app can give you the functionality of a million-dollar recording studio. A new song can be shared with the world as soon as it’s finished. Tutorials for every sound design or music production technique can be found through a Google search. All of these developments have served to level the playing field for musicians, making it possible for a bedroom producer to create music at a level that used to be possible only for major-label artists.

But despite all of this, making music is still hard. Why?

Making Music was written both to answer this question and to offer ways to make it easier. It presents a systematic, concrete set of patterns that you can use when making music in order to move forward. It will teach you how to make music using technology, with a specific emphasis on solving musical problems, making progress, and (most importantly) finishing what you start.”

But overall I can’t recommend it enough to you. At £6.99 I think it’s pretty cheap on iBooks, but you can get it on Kindle too, for the same price, whichever way you prefer to read it, it’s really worth reading.

If nothing else you should download the sample on iBooks or Kindle and check it out, it’s worth it.

24 books for Christmas: 3 – Basic MIDI

Basic Midi is a great starting point for anyone who has heard of MIDI and yet feels completely confounded as to what it is, what it does and how to make best use of it. It has plenty of background and useful explanations. However, it is good for beginners. If you’re an experienced MIDI user then this isn’t going to be nearly as much use to you. I’ll leave it up to you to decide.

You can find it here on Apple iBooks.

24 books for Christmas: 2 – Drone, Glitch and Noise: Making Experimental Music on iPads and iPhones

This is the first in a series (well, at least there’s 2 of them anyway) of books from Apptronica. I was really pleased to see Apptronica publish this. There’s not enough books about making music on iOS, so everyone counts.

Maybe check this one out if you can.


24 books for Christmas: 1 – Creative Strategies for Making Electronic Music

I’ve been reading this book off and on and have found some parts of it very useful indeed, whilst others not so much. It is written agnostic to whether you’re a desktop or mobile user and is really about the act of creation.

It deals with a lot of issues that people come up against in the creative process and offers some good advice. So it’s worth a read in my opinion.

The book costs $9.99 on the iBooks store:

A new book for iOS DJs … How to DJ on your iPad or iPhone (book)

So here’s a new book all about DJ’ing with an iOS device. Here’s the description …

Want to know what it feels like to play a perfect DJ set to a full dancefloor, using just your iPad (or iPhone)? In this, the first book of its kind, Phil Morse of Digital DJ Tips—the world’s biggest DJ training website—show you step-by-step exactly how you can do just that, using Algoriddim’s powerful djay 2 DJ app.

From helping you to choose, organise and prepare your music (including using djay 2’s Spotify integration), to showing you how to beatmix like a pro, to giving you the low down on powerful techniques such as DJ effects, loops and keymixing, Phil shows you how to DJ properly with this software, in 172 feature-packed pages and across 21 pro HD videos.

The book serves as a standalone and complete guide to DJing as a hobby or profession, aimed at both complete beginners and those new to digital DJing. It covers all aspect of the craft, from standing out through your music choices, to how to get booked, even how to deal with pre-gig nerves – plus lots of ideas for furthering your DJing after you’ve successfully played your first public set. Once you know this stuff, you’ll be able to transfer the skills to any DJ set-up you like.

Whether you want to be a club-style DJ, play mobile, or just spin at parties for your friends, and whatever your music style, everything you need to do to truly impress your audiences is here. Far beyond an instruction manual, How To DJ On Your iPad (& iPhone) is more like an iPad/iPhone DJ’s bible.

So if you’ve yet to start, or you’ve downloaded djay 2 and got stuck, wondering what to do next or what you’re doing wrong, this unique book and video package is exactly what you need to kickstart your digital DJing career!

The book costs $4.99, but that’s a limited time half price off

And he does it again, another book from Clif Johnston, iPad Music School: A Hands-On Introduction to Making Music on iOS has arrived

So Clif Johnston brings us another book, iPad Music School: A Hands-On Introduction to Making Music on iOS has now arrived. Here’s what to expect:

“Whether you’re 8 years old or 80 years old, there’s never a bad time to start making music. You live in exciting times, with technology that allows you to carry around a virtual studio in your pocket or purse. It’s never been easier or more fun to learn how to create your own songs and share them with your friends, or the whole world.

This book is for anyone wanting to learn how to make music with apps on your iPad. If you’ve never played a note in your life, I’ll show you how to make your first song in minutes. If you’re an experienced musician looking for a quick start on music app basics, you’ll also find useful information in this book.

iPad Music School starts by showing you how to make and share your first song using a single app. From there you’ll learn about copy and pasting audio between apps, recording your own sounds, and managing your files. You’ll discover how easy it is to connect apps together using Inter-App Audio and Audiobus. You’ll also learn how to sync two apps together and send notes between them using virtual MIDI.

By the time you finish this book, you’ll have a solid foundation in all of the concepts you need to move on to making your own great music with iPad apps.”

In the UK the book costs £2.56.


A little reminder for Clif’s book, it’s well worth the read …

If you missed this from when I first posted about it then you should definitely check out Clif’s book. Here’s what to expect:

iPads and iPhones have found their way into the musical toolkits of many producers, composers, artists, and DJs. While many of these musicians use iOS devices to augment their existing music gear, for some, iPad and iPhone apps have replaced instruments, computer-based DAWs, or studios altogether.

Experimental musicians realize that iOS music is one of the most significant developments in the history of music. Multi-touch interfaces open up a whole world of possibilities for interacting with music apps. The small form factor of these lightweight devices allow them to easily manipulated in three-dimensional space, while specialized sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscopes enable apps to react to any type of motion.

Far beyond mimicking traditional instruments, desktop software, or hardware interfaces, the unique capabilities of iOS devices have enabled the creation of whole new instruments. There are hundreds of apps available today that offer ways of creating and interacting with music that were inconceivable five years ago.

Whether you’re a veteran iPad musician, or just beginning to learn what music apps can do, you’re sure to find plenty of tips and advice in this book to get you started or help you get to the next level. For readers just beginning to explore experimental music, there’s an introduction to what it is and why it matters. For hardcore sound artists, you’ll find the latest apps for doing new and terrible things to your sample collection.

You’ll learn some good habits and figure out which rules to throw away on your way to becoming more prolific. You’ll read about strategies for generating new ideas and removing creative blocks. Most importantly, you’ll learn the best tools for creating new and exciting styles of music never before possible.

This book covers essential iOS music tools, music production workflows, midi controllers, futuristic synths, noise apps, soundscaping, glitching, effects automation, algorithmic composition, and more. 

Click below to find it on Amazon:


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