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Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music

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There is more to sound recording than just recording sound. Far from being simply a tool for the preservation of music, the technology is a catalyst. This is the clear message of Capturing Sound, a wide-ranging, deeply informative, consistently entertaining history of recording's profound impact on the musical life of the past century, from Edison to the Internet.

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Paperback, 276 pages
Published November 1st 2004 by University of California Press (first published 2004)
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Matthew
Jan 19, 2013 Matthew rated it really liked it
Good survey of the impact of recording technology on music and society over the last 130 years. An excellent bibliography with a wide range of intriguing sources, and an interesting series of vignettes from the front lines of the collision of recorded music with Western (mostly American) society. Well-written and enjoyable to read.
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Sep 19, 2013 Jürgen De blonde rated it really liked it
Insightful book. Covers a broad scope of musical styles and genres that have been shaped, influenced or simple come into existence because of recording technology. Very intriguing to read about 'gramophonmusik' and how the phonograph and phonautograph affected social and musical life in the early days. I was also quite fond of the author's stance towards copyright and his open-minded discussion of that particular subject. That soundfiles that can be consulted via the publisher's website are a ni ...more
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An analysis of how the evolving recording technology transformed the art of music. Professor Mark Katz adds to his studies of his already interesting subject anecdotes and trivia such as the origin of the word "breakdance" and ties everything together with remarkable skillful writing. He stays far away from the awfully dry or nebulous writing style a lot of academics seemingly fall victim to. Instead, the writing flows well, it is fun and clear, making it without doubt the most interesting and r ...more
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