The Ptich:What happens when you take the unauthorized diary of the recording session that shook the music industry, and have it performed by the industry itself? You get one of the most entertaining audiobooks on the market.
With 1930s radio and Firesign Theatre in mind, Producer Aardvark and Mixerman set forth to create a full unabridged dramatization of this popular story. Complete with music, musical character motifs (ala Peter and the Wolf), foley, sound effects, and performances by some of the most well known and admired producers and mixers in the business, including: Ken Scott (The Beatles), Dave Pensado (Christina Aguillerra), Ed Cherney (Better Midler), Ron Saint Germain (U2), Jeff Lorber (Dave Koz), Joe McGrath (AFI), Dylan Dresdow (Black-Eyed Peas), William Wittman (Cyndi Lauper), Kenny Gioia (Daryl Hall & John Oates) Julian Bunetta (Hillary Duff), JP Plunier (Ben Harper), and Bob Ohllsson (Jackson 5); the two record-makers deliver an astoundingly entertaining product that is sure to provide listeners with hours of pure unadulterated enjoyment.In other words, this is not your father's audiobook. It's your great grandfathers! With a modern spin, of course.
The inner workings of recording sessions have long been the closely guarded secrets held only by those involved. And while some have tried to piece together the stories of sessions past, rarely do these accounts rise above the level of hearsay and folklore, distorted by the passage of time.
Enter Mixerman, a Los Angeles recording engineer who, on nothing more than a hunch, begins to chronicle the daily events of a Major Label recording session with a bidding-war band, and infamous producer, and a limitless budget. And he does it in real time - each night posting his entires on the Internet, withholding only the true identities of those he writes about.
It's apparent early on that the anonymous Mixerman is for real - distilling complicated recording procedures into simple an understandable terms. But as narrator, tour guide, and humorous off-color commentator, he also delivers a gripping and often hysterical no-holds-barred tale of a recording session gone awry.
And while the band, their manager, the label executives, the producer, and the studio staff are initially unaware that their potentially embarrassing antics are being watched by an ever-growing audience of Internet voyeurs, it is surely only a matter of time before Mixerman's diary is discovered.
God help him if that happens.
Please note: Both the print and audio editions of The Daily Adventures of Mixerman follow an unconventional, somewhat nonlinear structure. This is intentional.
©2002, 2004, 2009 Mixerman Multimedia, Inc. (P)2012 Mixerman Multimedia, Inc.
The highest quality file available on Audible is listed as "CD Quality." In reality, that classification is for a 192kbps MP3, and the audiobook was mastered specifically for this format. The lesser quality files are considerably degraded. Therefore, I recommend you download the highest quality you can.
Funny, thoughtful, witty
Made me laugh
The Adventures of Mixerman details the daily trials and tribulations of a slightly cynical recording engineer during a few weeks of a rock recording project.
Every band member is suffering from either ineptitude, oversized ego or anxiety. The producer is constantly under the influence of stronger stuff and the assistants are of varying degrees of incompetence. In the midst of this we find the protagonist constantly shaking his head and constantly asking the question "is it just me?". It's both clever and amusing and that could be the end of it. But there are two circumstances that makes this work stand out.
Firstly, it's recorded in the form of what almost resembles an old style radio play. It has music, dedicated actors for all the characters and sound illustrations making it a very joyful and riveting listen.
Secondly, and more importantly, it was originally written as an online diary under pseudonym at what I assume was the time of the actual events. This means that neither the storyteller nor we know what will actually happen but we share a vague suspicion that the record will never see completion. But it also means that the fact that the diary is being written and published online creeps into the story in various ways. This lends the story a strange and very enticing meta layer that manages to both lift the story from the page as well as ask some pertinent questions regarding the effects of new, instant online media and the form of democratic journalism that it allows.
But in conclusion it's a stellar work. Not only just a tad crusty and cynical but also darkly humorous and witty.
Honestly I never read the book, being an engineer in the the industry (and having kids to boot) doesn't give you much down time. So this definitely was the highlight of my day driving to and from sessions because honestly I can empathize with almost everything in this book. It was dramatized by famous producers, engineers and others in the industry and is setup more like a 40s radio drama to add to it's character and charm.
Kudos Mixerman for saying everything that's gone on in our minds, but we just couldn't say infront of the artist/producer/anyone.
Everyone has a musical theme when they appear in each chapter. My favorite was definitely dumbass's theme. Makes me laugh every time I heard it.
That's a BIG yes. Don't get me wrong, I would have enjoyed this had I picked up the print version but the dramatization and Mixerman's voice talent drove it home.
Tough question because this is truly its own level and far surpasses other inside views.
As mentioned before, the dramatization of this book is something I've never heard before. Having individual performers with their own style and cadence is brilliant. Last and by far not least is the fact that had i read the book, I would never have imagined the character of Sticky Fingaz delivering his lines the way the voic actor does. Every character from Mixerman to Dumbazz has a handful of genuine belly laughs but I found myself rewinding a bunch of lines from Sticky Fingaz and laughing as if it was the first time. I'm laughing now just thinking about Sticky Fingaz response when introduced to the "Me Me Me Me Me" voice coach..."Sticky Fingaaaaaaz, I heard your an editor"...."and I heard you're a perv YO!"
Listened in one sitting and went to bed only to wake up and listen again the next morning. I've had it 5 days or so and I believe I'm on either the 6th or 7th time. For real, Im looking for support group cause I'm straight up OD'ing on this audio book.
I said enough, should have stopped after saying "utterly amazing".
If you've been in a recording studio and sat through a session, all of these stories sound familiar. They are the daily musings of every studio staff member, ever in history. In other words, it gets old real quick.
If you don't know anything about music recording and have never been in a studio, don't bother, this is strictly a niche book made for 1 tiny set of people.
This is more than an audio book. It is almost like an audio play. Since it is based on a diary, most of it is read by MM in his own voice, but occasionally there are other voices playing the cast of characters involved. While it is a must for anyone who's ever made a record or been involved in a label, It is enjoyable to anyone who's interested in major label record making and the insanity that goes on behind the scenes.
When Cotton has his accident or....don't want to spoil anything.
The cast of characters are played by a slew of recording engineers and producers. There are added sound effects, plus music. You have to bear in mind that this was made by a top record maker. So the audio is impeccable and creative.
No, it is pretty long.
I'd already read the book, but this was still worth the listen. Try to listen on a good stereo or set of headphones, and get the high quality version!
Most definitely! I'm an aspiring audio engineer and many of my audio nerd friends would love this. It's written in a way that makes you feel like you're actually there in the studio witnessing the chaos unfold. Plus, you don't have to actually take the time out to read. You can just listen while you're busy doing other things! I mean, how awesome is that?
The hilarious viewpoint of the on goings in a big budget recording studio from the perspective of the only seemingly sane, normal person there. Mixerman's cynical day to day observations of the stupidity, incompetence, and egocentric madness surrounding him are nothing short of brilliant.
The post production audio was stellar! Little ambiences in the background depicting the location, music when recording in the studio, and the short motifs for the introduction of new characters were great too... Although, this background stuff is a little loud at first, but you get use to it after awhile.
"Is it just me, or is everyone else here completely insane?"
Would love to see the rest of the Mixerman series here on Audible! "Zen and the Art of Mixing" in particular.
Hilarious, highly entertaining
It starts off slow, as Mixerman gives the listener basic background on the Music Industry at the time and introduces some of the main characters. You quickly get hooked on the combination of terrific background music, foley, voiceovers, and other ear candy, in addition to Mixerman's unusual perspective of the outrageous chicanery, skullduggery and hijinks behind the scenes of the Music Business at the time "the diaries" were written. Most, if not all, of the colorful cast of characters were performed, hilariously, yet somehow convincingly, by Music Industry veterans.
Make sure you order it at the highest audio quality file -- that's 'e' at Audible -- this book was put together by many of the word's top audio engineers, and the 192kbps file sounds surprisingly good
The production is fantastic, the performances are great and the characters are memorable. It feels like you're in the studio with these guys.
Nope, just read the books.
The idiocy was spread pretty well throughout.
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