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This is where I collect links to articles, interviews, books, tutorials, and videos about composing, orchestration, mixing/mastering, production music, etc. that I find interesting, informative, entertaining, etc.

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Musimathics: The Mathematical Foundations of Music

I'm just a few chapters in, but this book has already done a fantastic job of providing new details about the nature of music I thought I already knew as well as teaching me new things altogether. It bridges the gap between the raw physics of sound and the conventions of music.

The Art and Craft of Foley

"In this essay I look more closely at modern Foley performance and aesthetics, giving special attention to the customized nature of Foley effects and the importance of creating sound with ‘character’. What interests me is not only how Foley professionals have negotiated their role as sound artists but how the professional goals of Foley have shifted in response to the increasing use of digital audio workstations."

Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen

"In Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen, French critic and composer Michel Chion reassesses audiovisual media since the revolutionary 1927 debut of recorded sound in cinema, shedding crucial light on the mutual relationship between sound and image in audiovisual perception."

The Mixing Engineer's Handbook

Another great book on the art and science of mixing.

Mastering Audio: The Art and the Science

THE book for those seeking a technical understanding of the mystical art of mastering, from both the digital and analog perspectives.

Acoustic Design for the Home Studio

Being able to trust what you're hearing in your home studio is a key to getting great mixes. This book offers a thorough primer on getting a great sounding home studio, whether you're fitting a bedroom with some (relatively) cheap acoustic treatment, floating a room within a room, or starting from the ground up.

Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio

A great book on mixing specifically tailored toward smaller studios.

The Reel World

This how-to guide takes you inside the world of creating music for film and television, focusing on key concerns such as: ensuring musical aesthetics, using the most effective technology and techniques, and understanding the business side of things. Packed with case studies and insider tips, this book lets you learn by example. Also teaches how to nurture positive relationships with music editors, directors, producers, recording engineers, musicians, music executives and more. (by Jeff Rona)

The Complete Guide to Film Scoring

An essential resource for both students and professionals, offering shrewd insight into the business, process, and art of writing music for film and TV. Interviews with top film scoring professionals add the priceless insight of the wisdom that comes with experience. (by Richard Davis)

The Guide to MIDI Orchestration

Since its initial release in 1997, Paul Gilreath's The Guide to MIDI Orchestration has been the premiere text on creating realistic emulations of a symphony orchestra using samplers and computer recording techniques. Now in its fourth edition, The Guide to MIDI Orchestration explains how to merge this ever-expanding technology with the artistry of orchestration to produce the most lifelike recordings possible. The book is written for composers, arrangers, and MIDI musicians of all levels, and will be helpful to game composers, film and television composers, traditional orchestral composers, teachers, instructors, and the serious hobbyist.