Push Turn Move

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New book on electronic music gear

  • Unique interviews, illustrations and lots of gear
  • Hardcover with 352 pages in full color
  • Includes Midi Fighter and DJ TechTools content
Meet the artists, designers, makers and their instruments, See how they shaped the electronic music world. Written by Kim Bjørn and Mike Metlay. READ OUR REVIEW
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About the book

Richly illustrated with photos, illustrations, and prototypes, and with a foreword by electronic music visionary Jean-Michel Jarre. It celebrates the art & science of interface design in electronic music within the mysterious link between player and machine.

Artists, Brands & More

Meet artists Dorit Chrysler, Suzanne Ciani, Richard Devine, DiViNCi, Laura Escudé, Ean Golden, Axel Hartmann, Larry Heard, Roger Linn, Keith McMillen, Moldover, Jordan Rudess, Dave Smith, Tatsuya Takahashi, and more, along with well-known industry brands.

Unique Illustrations

Dive into the ideas behind gear like synths, drum machines, sequencers, DJ equipment, DAWs, and iOS apps. Explore sections on design principles, control elements, sound visualization, and concepts such as grids, MPC, multitouch, modular, and much more.

Chapters:
  • Foreword by electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre
  • Sound: How is sound visualised in music soft- and hardware?
  • Control: How can you shape sound through tangible and digital controls? Learn about different controls (knobs, faders, touch strips, buttons, screens etc.) and their variations and possibilities.
  • Layout: How do you organise an interface for sound-creation? Get an overview of design principles and techniques for designing interfaces of electronic music instruments and controllers.
  • Concept: How has different instrument-makers solved the challenges of visualising and controlling sound? See examples of hardware, software, apps etc. of Digital Audio Workstations, Grid-based sequencing, Modular Synthesizers, Collaborative tools, Radial, Gestural interfaces etc.
  • User: How do you design the best possible experience for musicians? Learn about user centered interface design, usability, workflows, experience design etc.
  • Time: How did we get to where we are? Read about the evolution and revolutions of electronic music interfaces - from the Theremin and EMS VCS3 to Buchla, the Minimoog, TB303, Yamaha Tenori-On, Monome, Ableton Live and various other hard- and software that have shaped electronic music making through the times.
Facts:
  • 350 pages in full color.
  • Hardcover.
  • Dimensions: 24.5 x 24.5 cm (9.6 x 9.6 inches).
  • Printed in Denmark on 150g acid free quality paper.

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05/30/2018
Richard Henry

Push Turn Move

As a DJ, producer and equipment designer, I was looking forward to getting my hands on this book. Over the years, I have designed a number of different products, but most have been lighting controls or industrial process control equipment. I was curious to get another fresh perspective on design. This book did not disappoint. The graphical design and layout is stunning with a great balance between the images and the font selections. The content is beautifully presented and gracefully formatted. It is a very comfortable read. The content spans decades of development, though it doesn't get bogged down in trying to present a historical reference of the development of the equipment, rather, it offers an opportunity to explore the various ways that the original equipment designers chose to let the user interface with the instruments. All sort and sundry of methods are looked at including the various mechanical, electrical, graphical, physical and visual. What an exceptional compilation of design information and the processes that go on behind the scenes. Back in the 70s, I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Moog at his original facility in Trumansburg, NY. This was during the early days of the company and they were just starting to roll out some of their early products. It was a fascinating visit and I will never forget how energized the place was with all of the excitement surrounding the creation of the products. In the following days, I was treated to a performance of Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company, one of the first groups to utilize some of these early synthesizers. The book is amazing, and I am sure I will pore through the pages again and again to fuel my creative juices. Kudos to the author and the entire development team.

RH
05/30/2018
Richard Henry

Push Turn Move

As a DJ, producer and equipment designer, I was looking forward to getting my hands on this book. Over the years, I have designed a number of different products, but most have been lighting controls or industrial process control equipment. I was curious to get another fresh perspective on design. This book did not disappoint. The graphical design and layout is stunning with a great balance between the images and the font selections. The content is beautifully presented and gracefully formatted. It is a very comfortable read. The content spans decades of development, though it doesn't get bogged down in trying to present a historical reference of the development of the equipment, rather, it offers an opportunity to explore the various ways that the original equipment designers chose to let the user interface with the instruments. All sort and sundry of methods are looked at including the various mechanical, electrical, graphical, physical and visual. What an exceptional compilation of design information and the processes that go on behind the scenes. Back in the 70s, I had the pleasure of meeting Bob Moog at his original facility in Trumansburg, NY. This was during the early days of the company and they were just starting to roll out some of their early products. It was a fascinating visit and I will never forget how energized the place was with all of the excitement surrounding the creation of the products. In the following days, I was treated to a performance of Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Company, one of the first groups to utilize some of these early synthesizers. The book is amazing, and I am sure I will pore through the pages again and again to fuel my creative juices. Kudos to the author and the entire development team. Richard Henry

AK
05/08/2018
Abhi Kumar

Push Turn Move

Great book to spend an afternoon with while listening to tunes. Purchased on Clearance for $20.

T
01/16/2018
territoires

Push Turn Move

I bought this book as something fun to flip through, and am amazed at its heft - there's a lot in here! It's great for spending an hour looking at gorgeous old designs, or planning your next foolish hardware purchase (Moog Theremini...). The interviews are pretty good too. You get insight into the design processes at major hardware companies, as well as creative thinking from a number of the featured artists. It's expensive, as books go, but it feels worthy of the price tag.

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