My little brother is looking to go to grad school for sound design. He's an amazing musician primarily as a bass guitarist but is handy with most other instruments. He mixes all of his bands music (mostly self taught I believe) and is clearly passionate about all things music.
Here's the thing. He's teetering on whether he wants to go back to school for sound design or not. I think most of this is driven by the fact that he's nervous -- about going back to school, about meeting expectations, about failing.
His birthday is coming up.
My question: What can I get him (within reasonable budget) that will totally inspire him. Are there any amazing books out there that just capture the spirit of what sound design is and can be? I want to show him what being a sound designer can mean. It seems that the opportunities are vast and amazing. From dealing with sound in games and movies to orchestras, theaters and music halls.
Any advice and suggestions would be appreciated.
Thanks very much in advance!