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The Emperor of Sound Audiobook

The Emperor of Sound: A Memoir

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Publisher's Summary

"The most important producer of the decade." (The New Yorker)

Timbaland is indisputably one of the most innovative music producers working today. The Grammy Award–wining producer, rapper, songwriter, and composer has collaborated with the mega-superstars of pop, rap, hip-hop, and R&B, from Jay Z to 50, Madonna to Justin, Nelly to Björk. His solo album Shock Value has sales tipped in the millions, and the video for his international chart-topping single "Apologize" has been viewed more than 100 million times on YouTube.

The Emperor of Sound is an exclusive look at this talented artist and his extraordinary career. Here, as unexpected as much of what he creates, is an introspective memoir, revealing a modest and God-
fearing man with an intense appreciation for the creative process, a humility for his musical gifts, and a unique understanding of what he calls "the science of hearing."

Timbaland embraces and champions those who possess his same life-or-death passion for music: he reveals that it was Missy Elliott who steered him to own his confidence, that it was Aaliyah who inspired him to stretch his craft beyond boundaries, and that it was Justin Timberlake with whom he found an unprecedented creative chemistry, making "SexyBack" an instant classic. Timbaland also reflects on his growth and recent success in the entertainment business in his pivotal role as the executive music producer of the enormously popular television series Empire.

Written with a cinematic flair and abundant with illuminating anecdotes about some of today's most renowned musical icons, including his former classmate and collaborator Pharrell Williams, The Emperor of Sound is an engaging memoir of a life in the works, showcasing the brilliant inner workings of a true musical genius.

©2015 Mosley Media LLC, Timothy Mosley (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Ethan 05-02-16
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    "It's called a De-esser"

    Seriously. Waves makes some great plugins. Invest and kill the sibilance. It's like an explosion every time he says anything with an s in it. Otherwise I really enjoyed the story.

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    shabue 02-13-16
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    "Kept Me Listening."

    Great Story and stories. I loved the many waves of this book. Inspirational, Informative, and a must read for those seeking an inside look into the music industry. Thanks Big Brother for sharing yourself with us.

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    Charles 11-24-15
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    "Moving"

    This book is a perfect reflection of not only music but life as a whole. It moved me to tears and inspired me to be better at the same time. God bless Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley. I recommend this book to anyone who maybe going thru a lot in life or just maybe feels rejected. This book is encouraging and it makes you feel right side by side with Tim.

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    Katharine 11-05-16
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    "Interesting, touching, beautiful"

    I love Timbaland's music but didn't really know a lot about him as a person. I was touched and inspired by this memoir. He talks a lot about the music he has made and some of the peo le he made music with. The book covers his journey from being a kid with a Fischer-Price record player to being a producer on Empire. It was a really interesting read and I'm glad I picked it up

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    I didn't know that he was connected to so much people and I loved it that he think outside the box but keep the Box.

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    I make music so i can relate to Tim but i think anyone should give this a shot. Very sincere and open, well read & it got me so excited to work on music i had to put the book "down" a few times and just get to making music. Thanks Tim for the insight & inspiration!

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    "best book I've read in years"

    I couldn't wait to finish this book and share everything about the man in the book. what an amazing journey and a wonderfully written story. I have a new appreciation for him and everything he's accomplished as well as the struggles in the music industry

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    Ant Pruitt Charlotte, NC 06-13-16
    Ant Pruitt Charlotte, NC 06-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Fascinating life"

    Nice to know more about his mode of operation when creating music. The fact that it's done for love and not money proves true for him.

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    Ginel M. Salvador Jersey City, NJ 05-26-16
    Ginel M. Salvador Jersey City, NJ 05-26-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Overall cool"

    I think it was a cool since it was his story but nothing mind blowing. Inspiring moments here and there.
    The narration was very dull. But egh. I guess it was an alright book if u are curious about music producers and the industry and their private lives

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    Kirk Arthur 05-24-16
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    "This Book is A Mirror"

    From having dreams, cutting out negative vibes, to staying in one place too long, dealing with tragedy, tasting success and then having to prove yourself again. I was shaking my head in agreement constantly. It's amazing that producers that I like share similar experiences as I have. Just proves that musical creations are an extension of the creator.

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