For those who color outside the lines!
Adult coloring books are all the rage, and research supports the idea that something as simple as coloring has great health benefits: stress relief and increased focus and creativity. Exactly what many musicians and producers need! They don't necessarily want to color in flowers or mandalas, but how about coloring the heroes of the recording industry, like Dave Pensado, Rick Rubin, and Bruce Swedien?
Sylvia Massy, acclaimed author of Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques, has illustrated two coloring books and they will be on display for the first time at the Hal Leonard booth at NAMM (B6720). Tongue-in-cheek, the Audio Icons Unhinged Coloring Book features big-name producers as gods from mythology, and shows famous recording engineers and mixers doing other types of engineering and mix all kinds of things beside music. Definitely a call to color (and think) outside the lines! The second title, Recording Unhinged Coloring Book, shows a collection of Sylvia's original illustrations, plus some that are not in Recording Unhinged: Creative and Unconventional Music Recording Techniques, including one that if you fold it a certain way, Neil Peart will turn into the drummer from the Stray Cats, Slim Jim Phantom!
The coloring books provide lots of crazy and fun ways to let your imagination go wild, add your own color, and get new ideas for adventurous recording.
On display at the Hal Leonard Booth at NAMM B6720!
About the Authors:
SYLVIA MASSY is a music producer who has been awarded over 25 gold and platinum records, including several Grammy-nominated albums. She is best known for her work with major acts such as Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash, Prince, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Notorious for her unusual, and sometimes dangerous, production techniques, Massy is a legend in the music industry. She is also a gifted artist and illustrator, published columnist, and in-demand education. Her debut book, Recording Unhinged, shares her offbeat approaches to achieving some of the world's most cutting-edge recordings. Known to hang singers upside down, throw guitars off cliffs, and play chicken solos, Massy is a living inspiration to the upcoming generation of artists and producers. She lives in Ashland, Oregon.
CHRIS JOHNSON is a writer, artist, and ordained minister. He is an adventurer who has made a career of unusual jobs: ditch digger, taxi driver, personal butler, dog-food chef, and he started his own religion. Johnson is an acrobat on his Segway, which he won in an essay contest, he has traveled extensively; and he has spent much of his life on Nantucket and other islands. Johnson currently lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his partner, Sylvia Massy.