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The Addiction Formula

A Holistic Approach to Writing Captivating, Memorable Hit Songs. With 317 Proven Commercial Techniques & 331 Examples
Narrated by: Friedemann Findeisen
Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
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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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Defiantly worth the listen

Iv listen to this 1 and a half times now and at first I didn't think I took to much from it at first. But over the last few weeks I found my thought going back to points in the book as I was writing or even listening to a song on the radio. I think its a book that I might listen to over and over and get different point from it each time. It was very easy to listen to and quite enjoyable.

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  • SpookyRockstar
  • 09-04-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-2019

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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  • Trav
  • 21-06-2018

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
  • 15-05-2018

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
  • 17-12-2017

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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  • Midland
  • 08-05-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-2019

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
  • 29-11-2018

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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  • Reginal Griffin
  • 29-09-2018

I've Leveled Up!!

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

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  • Carson
  • 27-04-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-11-2017

Brilliant! Buy this book.

Having listened to and read this book I can say I would recommend this to anyone interested in writing better songs (not just lyrics, but SONGs).
While the techniques shown and explained in this books are based around commercial pop music you can easily apply them to any genre (Infact I even hear them in theme songs) and that's not even the best bit.

The techniques are so widely used and work on the psychological programming of our brains to music that I really think this book could work forever.
For these techniques to become irrelevant everyone would suddenly need to stop listening to pop music so future generations wouldn't subconsciously learn to love the use of these techniques, and honestly I don't see that happening.

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  • Wilko
  • 10-04-2018

REALLY understand how to craft a song

What did you like most about The Addiction Formula?

This is the best use of the audiobook format I have come across. The Included example sounds really brought the book to life and made a big difference to the lessons.

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It’s all really good stuff. No filler here, it’s all solid information.

What about Friedemann Findeisen’s performance did you like?

Friedemann clearly knows his craft and his passion for music comes through consistently. He takes a complex subject and breaks it down into digestible pieces in a logical order. The content is delivered with humour and a sense of fun.

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  • Antonio
  • 16-06-2020

Very Nice!

I am an Artist called AVS, I noticed that I had been using many of the techniques mentioned in the Addiction formula without even realising it.Brilliant book though, it helped me understand some theory behind tention in ways I don't think I really thought of it before. Have a wonderful day and thanks again! Instagram.com/AVSArtist If you want to contact me or listen to my music haha God Bless ✌🏼

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-05-2020

This is an excellent book

I love this book! I never normally bother with reviews.. Full of v useful songwriting info, advice and tips. Friedemann is witty and up-to date, and knowledgeable and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. A great listen. I’m left with some brilliant new insights on how to improve my song- writing.

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  • jason:d
  • 30-03-2019

Loved it.

Will be using this as a reference manual until I've memorised the whole thing and it's embedded in my subconscious. All makes perfect sense and is easy to understand.

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  • kevin
  • 16-04-2018

Valuable content bu harder to digest as audio only

Bought the Kindle version also makes it easier to understand.Something about the layout as opposed to the images you download from the holistic songwriting site make it easier to understand.