Here’s a list of some books on sound/music I have come across and either greatly enjoyed or found useful in some way.


Music by the Numbers: from Pythagoras to Schoenberg (2018) – Eli Maor

The Science of Musical Sound (1983) – John R. Peirce

Let’s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste (2007) – Carl Wilson (in the Continuum 33 ⅓ series)

Circuit-Bending: Build Your Own Alien Instruments (2005) – Reed Ghazala

Handmade Electronic Music: The Art of Hardware Hacking, 2nd edition (2009) – Nicolas Collins

Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music, revised ed. (2017)- ed. Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner

Mad Skills: MIDI and Music Technology in the 20th Century (2018) – Ryan Alexander Diduck

Analog Days: The Invention and Impact of the Moog Synthesizer (2002) – Trevor Pinch and Frank Trocco

Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures (2014) – Mark Fisher

The Seventh Dragon: The Riddle of Equal Temperament (2nd ed, 2005) – Anita T. Sullivan

Electronic and Experimental Music: Technology, Music, and Culture (2008) – Thom Holmes

The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (2007) – Alex Ross

The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World (2017) – Damon Krukowski

Hearing and Writing Music: Professional Training for Today’s Musician (2002) – Ron Gorow

Harmony (Basic), 2nd ed. (2010) – Mark Sarnecki

Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past (2011) – Simon Reynolds