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The Addiction Formula

A Holistic Approach to Writing Captivating, Memorable Hit Songs. With 317 Proven Commercial Techniques & 331 Examples
Written by: Friedemann Findeisen
Narrated by: Friedemann Findeisen
Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Discover the songwriting technique used in 97% of all hit songs

How to use subtle psychological triggers to captivate any audience.

Writing pop, rock, R&B, or hip-hop has never been easier or more fun.

Master the art of writing addicting songs

Music is a tough industry to break into. With production gear being affordable for the first time in history, it seems like everyone is making music these days. Getting noticed in the continuous stream of information that is the Internet seems almost impossible.

But: There is a technique designed specifically to captivate and hook an audience and with The Addiction Formula, you can learn it in a couple of hours. You will learn all about lyric-less storytelling, a technique used by the most successful songwriters of our time. If you've always wanted to know how to write songs that stick out and speak to a large audience, this is the book for you.

The songwriting book for a new generation of songwriters

The 60s are over! Songwriting today is a very different experience than it was when the Beatles were on the air. By combining arrangement, harmony, melody, rhythm, lyrics and production in one deviously simple technique it is the first songwriting book that speaks to an all-writing, all-producing DIY generation.

Includes over 317 techniques you will be able to use instantly

Part two of The Addiction Formula is almost like a dictionary of hit songwriting techniques. All the tools are hand-picked from hit songs of the past 30 years. But this book is far more than just a list of tips and tricks: The Addiction Formula also shows you how the techniques can be applied to your songs. It puts all of what you learn into perspective and shows you how they all fit together.

With 331 examples including songs by Rihanna, Katy Perry, Drake and Maroon 5

Are you sick and tired of being taught techniques based on some old country song you've never heard of? One of my guidelines for writing this book was to only include hit songs from the past 30 years.

Every single technique in The Addiction Formula is proven with one or more examples to show it in action and to help you learn it quickly and easy. I mean, hey, you get to learn by listening to the songs you listen to anyways! It's fun, quick, and practical.

©2015 Friedemann Findeisen (P)2017 Friedemann Findeisen

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Great book for producers and songwriters

I’ve been producing for more than 15 years and all the things I’d instinctively do now I understand how and why I do, and I’ve learned many more technics I’ve never thought about.

A must to any serious producer and songwriters.

The book is direct to the point and well structure, some examples I don’t love and agree but overall it did a good job explaining the concepts.

If you’re looking for a blueprint for structuring your musical ideas, this is your book.

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Gives you an intelligent synopsis of current pop

Gives you an intelligent synopsis of current pop music and some tools to "up" your writing/production game. You will listen to pop music differently after this!

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awesome book

loved it, very intuitive and hoslistic way of making music emotionally engaging and hence popular.

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  • SpookyRockstar
  • 2018-04-09

I’m a successful producer for Sony, and this STILL upped my game.

I’m no Maxx Martin, if you look me up, you’ll find just a few video games, commercials and selfies.

But I am working full-time on music writing with rockstars as well as around two dozen up and coming artists in the SF/Bay Area.

You’d think I wouldn’t need a book like this, but I’m always looking to up my production/writing skill.

This book definitely delivered, making much of what I already do systematic and efficient.

Best three hours ever. (Well nine, really. I keep listening to it over and over to damn near memorize it.)

Great stuff. I wish I had this when I was first starting out!

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  • Trav
  • 2018-06-21

Great Approach

I enjoyed this although in some areas, it got a bit technical for me as a new producer. It's also tricky with audio books to not have diagrams and pictures that would normally be included in a hardcopy. However they do have it available online which was cool.

Overall this was a good read/listen and I will be applying the tips to my work.

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  • Dean J. Watkins
  • 2018-05-15

Game changing

I stumbled across the holistic songwriting videos on YouTube that led me to the book. Such great information and insight given hear that if you are a fledgling Songwriter or professional songwriter, you need to get this book and give it a listen. Then, once you’ve done that. Put all of the tricks into use and you’ll be amazed at how much better your song become. Since I’ve come across a holistic approach, I’ve got two songs on hold with my publisher!

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  • Heitor
  • 2017-12-17

Awesome!

The written version of this book is already great, a clássic. But listening to a songwriting book makes even more sense.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-09

Scam. This guy doesn't even have any songs.

I don't mean to be so negative, but i don't understand how this guy has a bestselling songwriting book, yet you can't find a single song he has written anywhere online. Like if he's telling all these people buying his book they can write a hit song you'd think he'd have like at least one notable song. The only thing i found is a soundcloud that has a bunch of 30 second samples on it. And tbh, they all sound like garbage. I don't doubt this guy understands music really well, and can explain music well, but i don't think he's a good songwriter. If you google his name all that comes up are the books he's written, not any songs he's written. And if what he says in this book actually worked he would've written some "addictive" songs himself. The only reason this book is selling well is because he's good at pointing out common sense music stuff and giving it a long explanation filled with music jargen, while at the same time keeping it simple enough making someone who doesn't know much about music feel like a genius. I just think he's selling snake oil. If you go on his YouTube channel you'll see he's since written another book which is the most patronizing thing i've ever seen. It's pretty much a to do list/coloring book for adults. And now he's asking for money for a music card game that also looks like a get rich quick scheme. It just seems like he's trying to make a quick buck, though i have admire the effort he puts into these hairbrained schemes.. I think this book is good for giving you a temporary self esteem boost that'll last you about a month. After that you'll realize you and the author don't have any songs.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-11

Insightfull and tight

Great book. No super obvious bullshit advice. Good read, I recomend it. 4 hours well spent

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  • Renzo Zanatta
  • 2018-11-29

Excellent!

really enjoyed this book. although like the author says it's a tool you have to listen to regularly to get familiar with the terms and put it to practice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-09-29

I've Leveled Up!!

This book is filled great examples. Easy to
understand. I will keep this audiobook on repeat....

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  • Midland
  • 2018-05-08

From a traditional songwriter's perspective...

If you're not into production, this won't be as useful. At least that's what I found. I'm not some old timer either, but I do write on guitar. I do extreme basic recording, although have experienced with the bells and whistles. As the author (eventually) says himself late in the first half of the book, he feels modern songwriters should be decent at producing too. And since this is how he feels, he obviously also feels producing can be songwriting (deserving songwriting credit), as he gives examples of "songwriting" that are all production examples... which I realize is an (unfortunate) occurrence of the songwriter age we're living in further leaving songwriters with less and less of a sliver of the pie. Maybe this is a 5-star book for the songwriters who prefer electronic music or the traditional songwriters who are also (separately) competent in production. It wasn't for me. Nothing new. Providing a new metaphor by comparing songwriting to addiction isn't some insightful idea.

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  • Carson
  • 2018-04-27

Quick and Useful

This added some techniques that I can use DJing and producing. Great job, well read and great music explanations too.

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  • Harry Manback
  • 2018-04-16

Non essentiel

Ce livre n'était pas pour vous, mais à qui aurait-il pu plaire ?

Ce livre est surtout pour ceux qui débutent fraîchement dans le monde de la musique, que ça soit en amateur ou pro ; c'est une présentation organisée de ce que tout mélomane sait déjà à propos de la construction musicale.Ce n'est pas une formule magique, ce n'est pas un compendium théorique et ce n'est certainement pas une révélation pour ceux qui ont déjà essayé de mettre deux motifs musicaux l'un à la suite de l'autre.

Quel était l'aspect le plus intéressant concernant cette histoire ? L'aspect le moins intéressant ?

L'ouvrage recèle cependant de bonnes informations, sous une présentation concise et compréhensible par un large public.

A lire si vous débutez, voulez une perspective fraîche ou tout simplement êtes curieux.