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The Resource The song machine : inside the hit factory, John Seabrook

The song machine : inside the hit factory, John Seabrook

Label
The song machine : inside the hit factory
Title
The song machine
Title remainder
inside the hit factory
Statement of responsibility
John Seabrook
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
There's a reason hit songs offer such guilty pleasure--they're designed that way. Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is almost inescapably catchy. Pop songs have always had a "hook," but today's songs bristle with them: a hook every seven seconds is the rule. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are highly processed products. Like snack-food engineers, modern songwriters have discovered the musical "bliss point." And just like junk food, the bliss point leaves you wanting more. In The Song Machine, longtime New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook tells the story of the massive cultural upheaval that produced these new, super-strength hits. Seabrook takes us into a strange and surprising world, full of unexpected and vivid characters, as he traces the growth of this new approach to hit-making from its obscure origins in early 1990s Sweden to its dominance of today's Billboard charts. Going beyond music to discuss money, business, marketing, and technology, The Song Machine explores what the new hits may be doing to our brains and listening habits, especially as services like Spotify and Apple Music use streaming data to gather music into new genres invented by algorithms based on listener behavior. Revelatory and original, this book will change the way you listen to music.--Adapted from book jacket
Summary
here's a reason hit songs offer such guilty pleasure--they're designed that way. Over the last two decades a new type of hit song has emerged, one that is almost inescapably catchy. Pop songs have always had a "hook," but today's songs bristle with them:a hook every seven seconds is the rule. Painstakingly crafted to tweak the brain's delight in melody, rhythm, and repetition, these songs are highly processed products. Like snack-food engineers, modern songwriters have discovered the musical "bliss point." And just like junk food, the bliss point leaves you wanting more. In The Song Machine, longtime New Yorker staff writer John Seabrook tells the story of the massive cultural upheaval that produced these new, super-strength hits. Seabrook takes us intoa strange and surprising world, full of unexpected and vivid characters, as he traces the growth of this new approach to hit-making from its obscure origins in early 1990s Sweden to its dominance of today's Billboard charts. Going beyond music to discussmoney, business, marketing, and technology, The Song Machine explores what the new hits may be doing to our brains and listening habits, especially as services like Spotify and Apple Music use streaming data to gather music into new genres invented by algorithms based on listener behavior. Revelatory and original, this book will change the way you listen to music.--Adapted from book jacket
Writing style
Award
Library Journal Best Books, 2015.
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10446310
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Seabrook, John
Dewey number
781.6409/051
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Music trade
  • Sound recording industry
  • Popular music
Target audience
adult
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inside the hit factory
Label
The song machine : inside the hit factory, John Seabrook
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Hook: The bliss point. You spin me round ; A continuity of hits -- First verse: Cheiron : Mr. Pop: and the Metalhead. Inside the box ; "The sign" ; Big Poppa ; Martin Sandberg's terrible secret ; Britney Spears : hit me baby ; "I want it that way" -- Chorus The money note : the ballad of Kelly and Clive. My ancestral hit parade ; The dragon's teeth ; The doldrums ; American Idol ; "Since u been gone" -- Second verse: Factory girls : cultural technology and the making of K-pop. "Gee" -- Chorus: Rihanna : track-and-hook. "Umbrella" ; "Ester Dean: On the hook" ; Stargate: those lanky Norwegian dudes ; "Rude boy" -- Bridge: Dr. Luke : teenage dream. Speed chess ; Katy Perry : altar call ; Melodic math ; Kesha : teenage nightmare -- Chorus: Spotify. The moment space -- Outro: Songworm. "Roar"
Control code
ocn902661497
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 338 pages
Isbn
9780393241921
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015022305
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)902661497
Label
The song machine : inside the hit factory, John Seabrook
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Hook: The bliss point. You spin me round ; A continuity of hits -- First verse: Cheiron : Mr. Pop: and the Metalhead. Inside the box ; "The sign" ; Big Poppa ; Martin Sandberg's terrible secret ; Britney Spears : hit me baby ; "I want it that way" -- Chorus The money note : the ballad of Kelly and Clive. My ancestral hit parade ; The dragon's teeth ; The doldrums ; American Idol ; "Since u been gone" -- Second verse: Factory girls : cultural technology and the making of K-pop. "Gee" -- Chorus: Rihanna : track-and-hook. "Umbrella" ; "Ester Dean: On the hook" ; Stargate: those lanky Norwegian dudes ; "Rude boy" -- Bridge: Dr. Luke : teenage dream. Speed chess ; Katy Perry : altar call ; Melodic math ; Kesha : teenage nightmare -- Chorus: Spotify. The moment space -- Outro: Songworm. "Roar"
Control code
ocn902661497
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 338 pages
Isbn
9780393241921
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2015022305
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)902661497

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