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Spencer Tweedy, Lawrence Azerrad, and Daniel Topete

Mirror Sound: A Look into the People and Processes behind Self-Recorded Music

Published by Prestel

Oct 29, 2020 Bookmark and Share

With Mirror Sound, Spencer Tweedy, designer Lawrence Azerrad, and photographer Daniel Topete take a deep look into the how, where, and why of musicians who self-record. Presented in large coffee table book format, Mirror Sound provides a narrative exploration of self-recorded music alongside beautiful full page photographs of musicians and their recording spaces.

The artists featured are largely indie in nature and span genres, including Emitt Rhodes, Dan Deacon, Sadie Dupuis, Yuka Honda, Sharon Van Etten, Mike Eagle, Melina Duterte (Jay Som), Suzanne Ciani, Jonathan Rado (Foxygen), Roy Ferreira, Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos) and a slew of others. At the conclusion of the text proper are transcriptions of interviews that Tweedy conducted with all the players included, along with some additional musicians.

While Mirror Sound is a visually stunning and informationally illuminating document, truth be told, it will probably be of most value to someone who is familiar to some degree with home recording. There is a lot of technical detail here, and to relate to what the musicians are talking about in terms of gear and process, it would behoove the reader to have some background. Still, Mirror Sound is valuable for its dedication to the art of self-recording and the musicians who explore this method of creativity to present their art.


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