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Published on May 8, 2015
JOE MEEK'S BOLD TECHNIQUES, 2nd EDITION By Barry Cleveland.
Legendary British producer and innovative recording genius Joe Meek—the man behind the global hit “Telstar”—has become a cult figure since his death in 1967, with Meek fan clubs, CD collections, and retrospectives growing in popularity every day—and a major documentary film on the way.
Although much attention has been paid to his unusual life story and tragic passing, Joe Meek’s Bold Techniques is the first book that details the methods that led to Meek’s influential hits.
Written by veteran music journalist Barry Cleveland, this book takes an industry perspective on Meek’s life. It explores his 12-year professional career in great depth, with special attention paid to the equipment and techniques he used, and the effect that his work had on the people around him.
Also included is a newly restored and remastered version of Meek’s extraordinary 1959 stereo album about life on the Moon, I Hear a New World, made available in its original form for the first time (via digital streaming).
Responsible for many “firsts,” at least in the U.K., Meek was:
• One of the first to experiment professionally with sound-on-sound overdubbing techniques (1951)
• The first to put microphones directly in front of and sometimes inside sound sources (1954)
• The first to intentionally overload preamplifier inputs and print “hot” signals to tape (1954)
• The first to use compressors and limiters in creative rather than corrective applications (1954)
• The first to build a compact spring reverb unit (1957)
• The first to “flange” sounds using two synchronized tape recorders (1958)
• The first to employ tape loops on commercial recordings (1959)
This Second Edition of Joe Meek’s Bold Techniques updates the 2001 edition with a new Introduction, new information, an additional chapter, and newly restored audio.