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Perfecting Sound Forever by Greg Milner
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Jan 24, 2010

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2010

This book is outstanding. The cover (and title to a lesser degree) might lead one to believe that it is a dry academic work but that couldn't be further from the truth. The mechanical and cultural impact of recorded music read like well-paced fiction.

Milner writes about the whole history of recorded sound with humor and insight. His retellings of Edison's efforts and the field recordings that john and Alan Lomax did in the 1930's illustrate the conflicts between fidelity and reality that have shaped much of what we think of as music.

He does get fairly technical at times but his examples use familiar recordings - Led Zeppelin, Bing Crosby - and his writing is so clear and engaging that I think anyone would find much to love about this book.
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