What happens when you take the unauthorized diary of the recording session that shook the music industry, and have it performed by the industry itself? You get one of the most entertaining audiobooks on the market.
With 1930s radio and Firesign Theatre in mind, Producer Aardvark and Mixerman set forth to create a full unabridged dramatization of this popular story. Complete with music, musical character motifs (ala Peter and the Wolf), foley, sound effects, and performances by some of the most well known and admired producers and mixers in the business, including: Ken Scott (The Beatles), Dave Pensado (Christina Aguillerra), Ed Cherney (Better Midler), Ron Saint Germain (U2), Jeff Lorber (Dave Koz), Joe McGrath (AFI), Dylan Dresdow (Black-Eyed Peas), William Wittman (Cyndi Lauper), Kenny Gioia (Daryl Hall & John Oates) Julian Bunetta (Hillary Duff), JP Plunier (Ben Harper), and Bob Ohllsson (Jackson 5); the two record-makers deliver an astoundingly entertaining product that is sure to provide listeners with hours of pure unadulterated enjoyment.In other words, this is not your father's audiobook. It's your great grandfathers! With a modern spin, of course.
The inner workings of recording sessions have long been the closely guarded secrets held only by those involved. And while some have tried to piece together the stories of sessions past, rarely do these accounts rise above the level of hearsay and folklore, distorted by the passage of time.
Enter Mixerman, a Los Angeles recording engineer who, on nothing more than a hunch, begins to chronicle the daily events of a Major Label recording session with a bidding-war band, and infamous producer, and a limitless budget. And he does it in real time - each night posting his entires on the Internet, withholding only the true identities of those he writes about.
It's apparent early on that the anonymous Mixerman is for real - distilling complicated recording procedures into simple an understandable terms. But as narrator, tour guide, and humorous off-color commentator, he also delivers a gripping and often hysterical no-holds-barred tale of a recording session gone awry.
And while the band, their manager, the label executives, the producer, and the studio staff are initially unaware that their potentially embarrassing antics are being watched by an ever-growing audience of Internet voyeurs, it is surely only a matter of time before Mixerman's diary is discovered.
God help him if that happens.
Please note: Both the print and audio editions of The Daily Adventures of Mixerman follow an unconventional, somewhat nonlinear structure. This is intentional.
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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.