Review by Choice Review
From Oliver & Company to MTV, computers have had an enormous impact on the entertainment industry. The ubiquitous microprocessor has recently provided a common ground for technological operations in television, movie production, and music; and it has facilitated business transactions from royalty calculation to production budgeting. As a result, musicians and creative professionals in music are finding it necessary to obtain a working knowledge of terminology once considered outside their field. Wadhams (Berklee College of Music) has lucidly defined 2,500 terms commonly used by a broad range of entertainment professionals, e.g., audio-engineers, producers, scriptwriters, entertainment attorneys, agents, etc. Particularly helpful is the inclusion with each entry of one or more letters identifying to which of 15 corresponding topical headings the term belongs. The work is written in a nontechnical manner, is well illustrated, and includes a comprehensive bibliography. A brief section on standard units and measures used in the entertainment industry is also included. Wadhams's welcome, up-to-date reference source will serve as an excellent translator for students and those working in all areas of music production. Highly recommended for both public and academic libraries at all levels. -W. J. Waters, Pensacola Junior College
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