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 listeners, can have nothing but contempt.
The band consists of the four most dislikable human beings you can imagine. The singer is vain and pretentious. The guitarist is a serious depressive. The drummer is as "dumb as cotton", and the bassist is merely mean and petty, making him the only one that Mixerman can stand. All four of them hate each other's guts, and they haven't even been on tour yet.
Mixerman takes you through the recording process of a bidding war band in over their heads with a famous record producer (also in over his head). Many find Mixerman's diary entries side-splittingly funny. Some find them maddening. And a select few feel they are the most despicable accountings of record-making ever documented.
In this audiobook version of the best-selling book, Mixerman reaches new heights in the production of the actual audiobook itself. This work is filled with a cast of characters, original music, sound effects, and an overall amazing sound quality. Even if you've read the print edition, hearing the book will bring you into a whole new behind-the-scenes experience of the insane world of making music - as only Mixerman can!
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.
The reviews for this production sang its praises highly - 4.5 stars - so my expectation was high. As an 'audio and recording geek' I found the technical elements interesting and this gave the story an added dimension, while the dramatisation of the production helped push along what ultimately turned out to be a stodgy and lack-lustre story. Spinal Tap for studio geeks it certainly is not. For me, it was not 'laugh out loud funny' as one reviewer and it lacked the ability to create any anticipation about what happens next. The idea is a good one and the execution was clever, it's just that the story didn't live up to the summary or the other reviews in my opinion. Time well spent? About 75% well spent, the rest was me resisting the temptation to press fast forward.
Not for while.
No, unless there is an injection of pace into the story.
It's not all negative feedback - I'm glad I listened to it and I liked the production approach, it just did not live up to the others reviews. Since reviews are subjective anyway, this is hardly a reason not to have a listen yourself. Lots of others liked it, it just didn't do it for me.
Creative. Letting off steam.
You already read what it's all about, what you should know though is that the audio experience is so much better than "just" reading the book.
Not to be missed!
I didn't know what to expect when I read about this "dramatisation". When it first started and the narrator had classical music in the background plus the clattering sound of his keyboard as he typed the words, I felt real dread. It sounded like it was going to be an amateur, hackish radio production.
But that quickly fell away and I started to marvel at how great this audio production was. It's full of fantastically funny bits of music, "motifs" introducing each character, great voices and acting.
But, oh yeah, the story! That's truly wonderful too. It's the tale of a group of spoiled young musicians who have been given several million dollars and told to make a record - and two years later, they're only just getting started. Mixerman is the recording engineer, the guy who's responsible for capturing the sound that the band performs and the producer shapes. Mixerman describes the stupidity, the selfishness, the egos - he paints an amazing picture. It doesn't matter if you know a lot or a little about music making, this is utterly absorbing. Mixerman narrates the story himself, and it's a joy to listen to.
But on top of that, he doesn't try to make out that he's the world's greatest guy. He's full of his own hangups which he doesn't try to hide. A flawed but excellent audio engineer, permanently shaking his head as he describes the appaling idiocy all around him.It's a really, really great story.
The 'production' is like nothing I've ever heard in an audiobook. Clearly Mixerman loved working with his friends on this production. He even got The Beatles engineer Ken Scott to play the role of the producer, Willy Show (all the characters have names that describe what Mixerman doesn't like about them - Willy Show kept not turning up at the start, hence the name; later on, we meet Marv Ellis, the record label president, who's truly marvellous). It's truly a different, unique type of production, and it's perfect for the subject matter.
His voice has that LA cool vibe about it, somehow staying calm throughout a storm of complete incompetence and petty egos. Finding musicians to deliberately play badly was one thing, but it really comes alive with the voices, music, motifs for characters (every time a character enters the day's proceedings, a little theme song is played for that person. Sounds odd? It is! But it's also wonderful)
It's not a book for being moved by. It's a book for laughing a lot, and for really wanting to hear more. In fact, my one disappointment is that it kind of ends without a conclusion. It doesn't spoil the story - it's just one of those things, the tale isn't finished.
This audio production was totally different to what I expected, in a really really good way. Even if you don't care about music production, I'd recommend this as a fantastic, colourful story about people with too much money acting crazy, while the people around them actually try to be creative and inspirational.
Rock Star come Office Furniture Salesman.
Laugh Out Loud.
The proficient incorporation of the word "f**k" into articulate and particularly well constructed narrative.
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.
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!!!"
"A message from Mixerman"
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.
"Thrilling and funny"
Funny, thoughtful, witty
Made me laugh
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.
"Disappointed. Did not finish the book."
Probably not. To look at the other review most readers found this book entertaining but I must say that I'm mystified by that. I would not be interested in any other books about this character.
Again, probably not. The narration wasn't bad but the sound effects and production went back and forth from slightly interesting to highly annoying. I was not particularly impressed by the narration of this story (hence the 3 stars) but I must admit that it may have been less about the narrator and more about the material.
I suppose so, such as it was. I thought the story dragged which is why I took the very unusual step, for me, of dropping the book and moving on to another without finishing.
None jump out at me. All of the characters seemed to fit the story line.
I had just finished reading Sound Man (Glyn Johns) and was in the mood for another behind-the-scenes glimpse into the music business. I was sorely disappointed with this story - so much so that I didn't finish it which is something I rarely do. Because the story was listed as being written and narrated by the main character I was expecting something closer to Sound Man. The story is 100% fictional and written from the perspective of a "fatty-smoking", laconic recording engineer recording an album in LA with a cast of characters who are way more annoying than compelling. There are a few nuggets of engineering detail (mic placement, how a compressor works) but they aren't very deep and far to rare for me personally. It's probably my fault for not reading the description closely enough since, upon review, it's accurate but I am not a fan of the Mixerman novel.
"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).
"Hilarious true story of a major recording session."
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.
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.
"Excellent Story about the Music Industry"
Excellent Story about the Music Industry
Excellent Story about the Music Industry
Excellent Story about the Music Industry
"This book is extremely entertaining"
This is probably the most entertaining audio book I've ever listened to. It's even better if you've worked in studio sessions before, but still very enjoyable if you have not.
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.
Tough question because this is truly its own level and far surpasses other inside views.
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!"
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.
I said enough, should have stopped after saying "utterly amazing".
"Mixerman and co. hit this out of the park!"
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.
When Cotton has his accident or....don't want to spoil anything.
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.
No, it is pretty long.
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!
"Hilarious homage to The Chaos Theory at play"
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?
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.
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.
"Is it just me, or is everyone else here completely insane?"
Would love to see the rest of the Mixerman series here on Audible! "Zen and the Art of Mixing" in particular.
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