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The Daily Adventures of Mixerman | [Mixerman]

The Daily Adventures of Mixerman

Mixerman is a recording engineer working with a famous producer on the debut album of an unknown band with a giant recording budget. Mixerman is supposed to be writing about recording techniques, but somehow, through that prism, he has hit upon a gripping story. Like all great narratives, Mixerman's diary has many anti-heroes for whom we, the readers, can have nothing but contempt. The band consists of the four most dislikable human beings you can imagine.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Summary:

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.

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    Mixerman Los Angeles, CA 12-20-12
    Mixerman Los Angeles, CA 12-20-12

    Mixerman

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    "A message from Mixerman"
    Any additional comments?

    Please Note:

    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.

    Enjoy,

    Mixerman

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Armonioso Stockholm, Sweden 01-06-13
    Armonioso Stockholm, Sweden 01-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Thrilling and funny"
    If you could sum up The Daily Adventures of Mixerman in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, thoughtful, witty


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14 Member Since 2011

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "I quote this book all the time"

    The minutiae of the music industry is portrayed in an engaging, humorous way by Mixerman. The characters and incidents could apply to any office situation. This was hilarious and entertaining. I liked the soundtrack to this book and found that it added a great deal to the listening experience (and afterwards wished that more books had a similar soundtrack).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua La Crescenta, CA, United States 04-22-13
    Joshua La Crescenta, CA, United States 04-22-13
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    "Hilarious true story of a major recording session."
    What did you love best about The Daily Adventures of Mixerman?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Waltham, MA, United States 03-17-13
    Christopher Waltham, MA, United States 03-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Utterly amazing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Daily Adventures of Mixerman to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Daily Adventures of Mixerman to and why?

    Tough question because this is truly its own level and far surpasses other inside views.


    What does Mixerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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!"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I said enough, should have stopped after saying "utterly amazing".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 02-15-13
    James Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 02-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Mixerman and co. hit this out of the park!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Daily Adventures of Mixerman the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Daily Adventures of Mixerman?

    When Cotton has his accident or....don't want to spoil anything.


    What does Mixerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it is pretty long.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matt BENICIA, CA, United States 02-05-13
    Matt BENICIA, CA, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Hilarious homage to The Chaos Theory at play"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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?


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Mixerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Is it just me, or is everyone else here completely insane?"


    Any additional comments?

    Would love to see the rest of the Mixerman series here on Audible! "Zen and the Art of Mixing" in particular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jonathan Patchogue, NY, United States 02-03-13
    jonathan Patchogue, NY, United States 02-03-13
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    "A wild ride, done to perfection"
    If you could sum up The Daily Adventures of Mixerman in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, highly entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    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

    .~ nobby

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Flynn, Australia 01-29-13
    James Flynn, Australia 01-29-13
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    "Great listen, entertaining & informative"
    What made the experience of listening to The Daily Adventures of Mixerman the most enjoyable?

    The production is fantastic, the performances are great and the characters are memorable. It feels like you're in the studio with these guys.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The madness.


    Have you listened to any of Mixerman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope, just read the books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The idiocy was spread pretty well throughout.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Mckenna 02-20-13
    K. Mckenna 02-20-13

    Dunlop

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    "Good for those in the business, useless for the re"
    Would you try another book from Mixerman and/or Mixerman?

    Maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mixerman again?

    Maybe


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    No


    Do you think The Daily Adventures of Mixerman needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "On my Fourth Listen ...."
    If you could sum up The Daily Adventures of Mixerman in three words, what would they be?

    Laugh Out Loud.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The proficient incorporation of the word "f**k" into articulate and particularly well constructed narrative.


    Have you listened to any of Mixerman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Well, as far as I'm aware, there aren't any other performances. That said, I've listened to the same one nearly four times and each one compares more favourably to the last.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yup.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I've given this book a maximum rating and absolutely love it, I very nearly gave up in the first 10 minutes. The intro has some violins under the narrative and bizarrely, considering the subject at hand, I was struggling to make out what was being said due to what I considered to be a god awful mix. HOWEVER .. I've just read a comment from the man himself who urges us to download the highest quality version available on Amazon as the production was mastered for this format. Given that I'm a mere 3 hours into my fourth listen (audio quality at format 4 - I didn't actually realise there was a number 11), im off to try that so I'll save any further critique of this recurring annoyance for another day. If for some reason you're unable or unwilling to download the enhanced version, I have to say that straining to hear a bit of dialogue from time to time will not stop you enjoying this hilarious and thoroughly entertaining ... Er ... "Audio Extravaganza". One last thing ... "Precussion"??? .... "M****r F****r!!!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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