• Music Habits

  • The Mental Game of Electronic Music Production: Finish Songs Fast, Beat Procrastination and Find Your Creative Flow
  • By: Jason Timothy
  • Narrated by: Zachary Dylan Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Music production can be an elusive art form for many, and the challenges that face someone who is new to this can easily create overwhelm and lead to complete paralysis. The goal of this book is to cover music production from many different angles in a way that will change your thinking on the subject and build your confidence.

Music making is a very mental and psychological game, and more often than not, all the technical stuff can hold you back from achieving your goals if you don't have the right creative habits in place first.

With all the information available with a simple Google search, I wanted to really get to the heart of things that aren't being discussed nearly enough. I want to clear out all the garbage you may have been told and replace it with the essentials you can put to immediate use. Many people new to music may dive into forums and mindlessly watch video tutorials attempting to gather more and more information until they think they have enough to get going (hint: You never feel like you know enough).

That would be like reading a whole encyclopedia and then being asked to recall only the important things that will get you from point A to point B. Even worse, much of the information you get will contradict the last thing you read. It's like finding a needle in a haystack only to be told it's the wrong needle. There is a much better approach. It's an approach that doesn't require you to know a lot to get started. You only need to know enough to get to the next step in your process.

There is truly nothing stopping you from becoming a music producer. The ones who are successful now are the ones who started from nothing and chipped away at it until they found a way to express their unique voice. There are no gatekeepers making decisions on who is worthy and who isn't. The determining factor is you, your habits, and your confidence in yourself.

This book can be listened from start to finish, or as a “choose your own adventure”, going directly to what you think can help you most right now. Don't get caught up thinking you have to devour everything before getting started. That isn't necessary, and isn't the point of the book.

The core concepts in the book will come up time and time again which should help you retain them and be able to recall them when the need arrives. By exploring these concepts from several angles, you should gain a broad view of their many uses.

My hope is that this book is used as a toolbox. You simply find the right tool that moves you forward and get back to work. So few people, who have more than enough information in their heads, ever start. Of those who do start, even fewer finish what they started and are satisfied with the results. I want you to be in that small group of finishers.

Let's get started. 

©2015, 2020 Jason Ward (P)2020 Jason Ward

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Highly Recommended for Artists

This book was a game changer for me! It’s caused me to reevaluate my creative process and how I approach making music. Since I’ve been listening to this book, I have installed new music making habits and am finishing more music than I ever have before.

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This book is an absolute treasure

This book ranks among The War of Art as one of the best self-help motivational books I've ever come across. The author delivers exactly the kind of tools and techniques needed to progress as an electronic musician. Just in the brief time since having the book in my library, I have already listened through the audiobook several times over (I don't seem to get bored with the material) and have become much more prolific with creating music. I plan to keep busting this audiobook out whenever I'm needing reminders to stay on top of my game. Thank you so much to the author for making this book happen. I cannot sing its praises enough, it's that good.

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Solid

Great energy and realistic approaches to improving production process and life skills. Recommend to any thoughtful (or overthinking) artists exploring their limits.

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Noisy audio quality

I’m starting to listen to this book but it’s annoying that there’s constant background noise. The content seems interesting but it’s ironic to find such flaw in a book about audio production. I think this problem can be fixed with simple audio filters without having to record everything again. I hope you can address this issue so listeners can enjoy the book more.

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A book to return to again and again

This book is your no-BS guide to producing and finishing songs. It’s probably the only book you need. I feel lucky to have stumbled across it so early in my music making journey. I feel like I’ve probably saved years of procrastination and watching tutorials just by listening to this book. Will probably get the hard copy, too, as there are lots of technical tips and sometimes the narrator talks too fast.

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Great book! Lots of good information!

Definitely got me motivated to make some great music. also has some useful production techniques.

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awesome book

this book was very motivating and inspiring and I will likely listen to it again just to get fired up again.

he calls out a lot of the bad habits most bedroom producers have and offers new ways of thinking about the craft.

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Insightful for other genres

This is a overall insightful book for producers, anybody who uses a DAW can take something from this book. I myself produce trap and rnb however I got some good takeaways. Try it.

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Straightforward Help

This book is a great tool to listen and refer to when looking to becoming a more deliberate and successful musician. Most of the tips and ideas given will translate to any genre, skill set and experience level.

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Gems....Gems....Gems...

this book is awesome....it's full of things that you can apply now...soak up game listeners

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  • Mr G
  • 10-28-21

Lots of interesting tips and ideas

Lots of interesting tips and ideas for approaching electronic music production. Audio quality was ironically a bit poor but in a way this was in tune with the message to “get it out there” rather than be perfectionist.

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  • Sally-ann dodson
  • 05-28-21

A great read, but truly terrible production!

I first read this book a couple of years ago, whilst struggling with with my production skills and found it a real eye opener and an inspiration. UNFORTUNATELY this audio book sounds like it was recorded in a public toilet by Artificial Intelligence, HAL or Marvin the paranoid android! Wooden, boring narration, totally uninspiring and pretty much unlistenable. Such a shame

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  • peter hincks
  • 05-19-22

Wow

I wasn’t looking forward to listening to this book as I just got it to use up a credit.
As it turns out - it’s the best book ever - all within the first few minutes.
This has made a huge difference to my approach to recording music. I’m already a lot more productive.
I also like the narration - he swears just the right amount.
Brilliant.

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  • Mr. Jean-loup Rebours-smith
  • 02-01-22

Excellent advice and not just for electronic music

If you're struggling to find that motivation to start making music, this book is for you. It tells it like it is and it's a refreshing take on the usual self help guides you might find out there.

My only down mark is on the narration which didn't completely work for me but then again it is non fiction...

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  • Bicey
  • 03-12-21

Very useful and worthwhile

As someone with plenty of creativity but absolutely zero structure and organisation skills I found this really useful and with some real life tips that I will be putting into practice.

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  • aaron sandy
  • 03-06-21

must buy

really good ebook full of ideas and suggestions. its really helpful and worth the money to invest in yourself if you want to move forward

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-14-22

Great book, ironically boring narration

Very insightful book that goes beyond music production, enough to provide context to healthy practice. Super useful tips and reminders in the book.

The performance was ungodly boring and lacking pauses to distinguish different headings and so forth. No real sense of moving anywhere.

Worth it anyway!