“If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” -Ben Franklin
Music and Music related disciplines are not a lazy man pursuit. There are always so many new things to learn. So try to think of this as in no way a definite list more of a starting point.
Great Overall Resources:
Mastering Audio, Second Edition: The Art and the Science [Paperback] Bob Katz
The Mixing Engineer’s Handbook, Second Edition [Paperback] Bobby Owsinski (Author)
Master Handbook of Acoustics (Paperback) by F. Alton Everest
Song Writing/ Contemporary Music Theory
Beatles Complete Guitar Edition – Great for a reductionist look at the chordal and melodic movement of their entire back catalog.
Dance Music Manual – Snoman (Getting a little dated due to the fast moving sphere of electronic production but still a great resource)
Welsh’s Synthesizer Cookbook: Synthesizer Programming, Sound Analysis, and Universal Patch Book by Fred Welsh (Paperback)
Live Sound Re-enforcement – Stark
The Sound Reinforcement Handbook by Gary Davis
Coffee Table and Fantastic Interest Books.
Recording the Beatles – Kehew and Ryan (Huge book. Gear development, Studio sheets. Anything you could ever want to know about the Beatles is there)
Hardcore Musical Textbooks (This is where music and programming start to merge. Not for everybody.)
Max/MSP/Jitter for Music: A Practical Guide to Developing Interactive Music Systems for Education and More by V. J. Manzo (Paperback)
Electronic Music and Sound Design – Theory and Practice with Max/MSP – volume 1 – Alessandro Ciprian
Learning Quartz Composer: A Hands-on Guide to Creating Motion Graphics with Quartz Composer [Paperback]
More to come…