"Bennett's book seeks to be transformative by unraveling the influence of recordists, technology, and process on popular music recordings from this period ... It is a valuable book for musicians, fans, and scholars. It is an interesting read for others as well." - Leonardo
"In this deeply researched study of commercial popular music production in the 1980s and '90s, Samantha Bennett turns the digital vs. analog debate on its head, revealing the hybrid "maverick methods" recordists developed as they blended technologies and practices from both analog and digital domains in a rapidly changing studio environment. Rich in technical detail and musical analysis, the book nevertheless underscores the human element of record-making as recordists' choices and attitudes influenced the sound of the "modern records" they produced." --Susan Schmidt Horning, Associate Professor of History, St. John's University, USA, and author of Chasing Sound: Technology, Culture, and the Art of Studio Recording from Edison to the LP (2013).
"In Modern Records, Maverick Methods, Sam Bennett not only provides a hugely detailed study of the linking technologies and methods that characterise the two decades between the 'golden age' of rock recording in the 1960s/70s and the current world of the DAW, she also provides a fascinating analysis of the tortured and complex process through which attitudes to recording technologies both developed and changed. This is an important and welcome addition to the literature." --Simon Zagorski-Thomas, Professor of Music, London College of Music, UK, and author of The Musicology of Record Production (2014)
"Modern Records begins with a simple question: "How are recordings made and why do they sound the way they do?" The answers to that question take Bennett deep into the processes of recording and are as fascinating and diverse, profound and fun as the music itself. Process, technology, sound and music are at the heart of this study and the strength of Bennett's approach is how she links them together - an illuminating read for musicians, fans and scholars alike." --Paul Thï¿½berge, Canada Research Professor in Music and Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University, Canada, and co-editor of Living Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Multichannel Sound (Bloomsbury, 2015)