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Processing Creativity

The Tools, Practices and Habits Used to Make Music You're Happy With
Narrated by: Jesse Cannon
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
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Summary

For over a decade, Jesse Cannon has been pushing creative ideas in music. You may know him from writing one of the most popular books on the music business, Get More Fans, or from his recording credits on records with the most varied set of bands you've ever seen, including The Cure, The Misfits, Animal Collective, Brand New, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Menzingers, Limp Bizkit, Basement, Leftover Crack, Saves The Day, Senses Fail, Weird Al, Lifetime, Say Anything, NOFX, Man Overboard, Bad Books, Transit, Somos, Conflict, and over a thousand others. You may also know his work as the host of the podcast Noise Creators and Off The Record or from writing for outlets like Alternative Press, Tape Op, Hypebot, and countless others. He just wrote a book about what he's learned working on all those records and writing about music's bleeding edge, taking on the subject he knows the most about; helping musicians fulfill their creative vision. Processing Creativity: The Tools, Practices and Habits Used to Make Music You're Happy With is the culmination of four years of poring over scientific studies, books and thoughts from top creators as well as his own experience to write a book every musician should listen to about what goes into making great music versus what bands do when they make a bad album.

Covering the pitfalls of creating music, the book thoroughly explores the hidden reasons we actually like music, how to get along with your collaborators, and patterns that help creativity flourish. While every musician says that being creative is the most important part of their life, they barely explore what's holding back them back from making music they are happy with. When trying to navigate the ways our creative endeavors fail there's no YouTube tutorial, listicle, or college course that can help navigate the countless creative pitfalls that can ruin your music.

©2017 Jesse Cannon (P)2017 Jesse Cannon

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impossible narration. Obvious, inefficient content

I wanted to like it, as the topic fascinates me and I deal with it every day as a music producer-songwriter.
However, the advice is actually rather generic and although it's on point quite often, it offers no methodical system/steps/plan of how to translate the understanding and the acknowledgement of the different topics, into a better result.
however (2), perhaps this is being discussed later in the book, but after nearly 2 hours of listening to the audiobook I found it IMPOSSIBLE to continue and intend to as for a refund.
a flat, nevery expression-less naration, performed ULTRA-FAST, as if someone is chasing the author tail and he's just trying to "get over with it and move on".
Honestly, perhaps there are gems here (hence why use this review only for the audiobook release) but it's near impossible to spot them and learn from them with this terrible terrible narration. Sorry Jesse Cannon. I know you ment well.

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  • cole
  • 25-04-17

One of the Most Important Books for a Creative!

This book is absolutely wonderful. I have dislexia and still found it important enough to work my way through a hard copy. When I discovered this had been released and narrated by the velvet voice of Jesse himself, I was ecstatic.
This book comes together in a magnificent way. Jesse works from the ground up by asking questions everyone thinks in the abstract but rarely puts into words, and then he works through and finds solutions to the problems. His approach is methodical, detailed, and interesting. He answers questions, and gives advice on topics that all creatives struggle with. If you create literally anything, this book is worth a fortune. You have no excuse.

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  • Sergey
  • 12-10-17

One of a kind!

This is truely unique book, must-read for musicians, but would also be appreciated by just music fans. Definitely will re-read it many times. Kudos to author for narration.

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  • Ryan
  • 08-08-17

Holy cow, the reading.

This is the most inept reading and production I've ever heard. The author rushes, reads without feeling, mispronounces simple words, frequently stops and starts in a jarringly new voice, and, worst of all, he frequently speaks through a disconcertingly audible excess of phlegm. Halfway through, after two attempts, I gave it up as unlistenable. The contents up to that point are mostly good, with a couple reservations—if not as novel as I'd hoped for.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-06-17

it inspired me

very valuable information for the creative person. helped me realize things about my creative process that could use some serious evaluation and work. excited to get to it.

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  • Thomas Luke Vandergriff
  • 23-06-19

Packed full of good stuff

I was thoroughly impressed with the amount of information, real life examples, and practical tips found in this book. It challeged me to be more creative and I got great advice on how to manage my time, space and energy in order to optimize my creative output. I'm considering buying the written version in to reference it and reread certain sections.

The only thing I didn't like about it was the way it was read. It was really fast with a lot of information coming at you.

Still, I totally recommend this book to all musicians looking to do something with their music.

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  • willyrips
  • 09-04-18

The most comprehensive and well-researched ever.

this is the most comprehensive and well researched book on music creativity that I've ever come across.

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  • M Freeman
  • 03-11-17

Explorations in creative inspiration and thinking.

Jesse has put a lot of thought into the creative mind and how we are inspired by the work of our favorite artists, as well as some whom we might not normally draw inspiration.

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  • CPM
  • 17-10-17

Great information

I liked it. There's a lot of really good, well informed advice. The audio and performance leave a little bit to be desired, but the content more than makes up for it.

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  • Douglas Kelley
  • 17-08-17

Concise, Organized, and Practical Information.

Jesse does a great job organizing and presenting his ideas. most "how to" or "self help" books are very cut and dry and offer vague information. Processing Creativity offers advice and practices back up by data. great read/listen!

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