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Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music

Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Milner, Greg

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In 1915, Thomas Edison proclaimed that he could record a live performance and reproduce it perfectly, shocking audiences who found themselves unable to tell whether what they were hearing was an Edison Diamond Disc or a flesh-and-blood musician. Today, the equation is reversed. W...hereas Edison proposed that a real performance could be rebuilt with absolute perfection, Pro Tools and digital samplers now allow musicians and engineers to create the illusion of performances that never were. In between lies a century of sonic exploration into the balance between the real and the represented. Tracing the contours of this history, Greg Milner takes us through the major breakthroughs and glorious failures in the art and science of recording. An American soldier monitoring Nazi radio transmissions stumbles onto the open yet revolutionary secret of magnetic tape. Japanese and Dutch researchers build a first-generation digital audio format and watch as their compact disc is marketed by the music industry as the second coming of Edison yet derided as heretical by analog loyalists. The music world becomes addicted to volume in the nineties and fights a self-defeating loudness war to get its fix. From Les Paul to Phil Spector to King Tubby, from vinyl to pirated CDs to iPods, Milner pulls apart musical history to answer a crucial question: Should a recording document reality as faithfully as possible, or should it improve upon or somehow transcend the music it records? The answers he uncovers will change the very way we think about music.
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ISBN 9780865479388
Released AU 25 May 2010
Publisher Faber and Faber
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780865479388
Stock Ready to ship - Less than 10 items
Publisher Faber and Faber
Imprint Faber & Faber
Released 25 May 2010
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Milner, Greg
Category Theory Of Music & Musicology
Music Recording & Reproduction
Number of Pages 416
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 25mm
Dewey Code 781.4909
Weight 386g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Musical perception, Sound - Recording and reproducing - History, Sound - Recording and reproducing - Psychological aspects
NBS Text Music & Dance
ONIX Text General/trade