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In 1877 Thomas Edison dreamed that one day there would be a talking machine in every home, but even his legendary vision could not have foreseen the way that recorded sound would pervade modern life. From the first thin sheet of tinfoil that was manipulated into retaining sound to the home recordings of rappers in the 1980s and the high-tech studios of the 1990s, this book examines the important technical developments of acoustic, electric, and digital sound reproduction while outlining the cultural impact of recorded music and movies. This second edition highlights the digital revolution of sound recording. First Edition Hb (1995) 0-521-47544-9 First Edition Pb (1995) 0-521-47556-2Read more
- Was the only book available which provides a history of sound recording from the acoustic phonograph to digital sound technology
- Provides insight into the technical and economic factors behind the production of popular music and movies
- Covers all major innovations of the digital era: hard drives, MP3, CD burners, DVD, Napster, iPod, etc.
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- Edition: 2nd Edition
- Date Published: December 2005
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521542814
- length: 474 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
- weight: 0.643kg
- contains: 51 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. The Acoustic Era:
1. The inventors
2. A phonograph in every home
3. The international industry of recorded sound
4. The music
5. Recorded sound in the Jazz Age
Part II. The Electrical Era:
6. The machines
7. Competing technologies
8. Empires of sound
9. Swing and the mass audience
10. High fidelity at last
11. Rock'n'roll and the revolution in music
12. The record
13. The studio
14. Perfecting studio recording
15. The cassette culture
Part III. The Digital Era:
16. The media conglomerates
17. Into the digital era
18. Consolidation and connectivity in the digital era.
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