America on Record: A History of Recorded Sound / Edition 2

America on Record: A History of Recorded Sound / Edition 2

by Andre Millard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521835151

ISBN-13: 9780521835152

Pub. Date: 12/31/2005

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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,

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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) 0-521-47556-2

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521835152
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2005
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
474
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

1The inventors17
2A phonograph in every home37
3The international industry of recorded sound65
4The music80
5Recorded sound in the jazz age96
6The machines115
7Competing technologies136
8Empires of sound158
9Swing and the mass audience176
10High fidelity at last189
11Rock'n'roll and the revolution in music223
12The record244
13The studio258
14Perfecting studio recording285
15The cassette culture313
16The media conglomerates331
17Into the digital era346
18Consolidation and connectivity in the digital era367

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