The Music Producer’s Survival Guide: A New Book On Chaos, Creativity & Career Features Interview With Hank Shocklee

shockleewebpic_brianjacksonbookThe Music Producer’s Survival Guide: Chaos, Creativity, and Career in Independent and Electronic Music is a new book by our Ableton Advanced Users Meetup collaborator Brian Jackson, which offers tips for working creatively and successfully in today’s computer-centric music production environment. As a bonus, the book also features a lengthy interview with our own Hank Shocklee with additional thoughts and advice on creating the right environment for developing your projects. The book is available now and would be a great addition to your book collection. Check it out!

The Music Producer’s Survival Guide: Chaos, Creativity, and Career in Independent and Electronic Music offers a wide-ranging, exploratory, yet refreshingly down-to-earth take on living the life of the independent electronic music producer. If you are an intellectually curious musician/producer eager to make your mark in today’s technologically advanced music business, you’re in for a treat. In this friendly, philosophical take on the art and science of music production, veteran producer, engineer, and teacher Brian Jackson shares clear, practical advice about shaping your own career in today’s computer-centric “home-studio” music world.

You’ll cover music technology, philosophy of music production, career planning, networking, craft and creativity, the DIY ethos, lifestyle considerations, and much more. Brian’s thoughtful approach will teach you to integrate your creative passion, your lifestyle, and your technical know-how.

The Music Producer’s Survival Guide is the first music-production book to consider the influence of complexity studies and chaos theory on music-making and career development. Focused on practicality, and guided by the “big picture” framework of Integral theory, it traverses a wide spectrum of topics, including presets, the butterfly effect, granular synthesis, harmonic ratios, the TR-808, altered states, fractals, P2P file sharing, and more. Carving out your niche in music today is an invigorating challenge that will test all your skills and capacities.


Table of Contents

1. Musica Universalis
2. Plot Point on The Space-Time Continuum
3. What is Your plan?
4. Master Your Craft
5. The Social Scene
6. Producer Tips
7. Creative Process
8. Selecting Your Tools
9. Lifestyle Tips
10. Dénouement
Appendix A: Chaos Theory & Complexity Studies Primer
Appendix B: Integral Theory Primer
Appendix C: Interview with Hank Shocklee



  1. Omar Mireles says:

    Hello, first of all, I would like to congratulate you guys for this website, it has very interesting and helpfull articles. I wanted to ask you guys if there is any way to get this book via internet and ship it outside of the United States. I want this book so bad but right now I’m living in Mexico City.

    Thanks and Congrats again.

    -Omar Mireles

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