From Edison to Marconi: The First Thirty Years of Recorded Music

From Edison to Marconi: The First Thirty Years of Recorded Music

by David J. Steffen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786420618

ISBN-13: 9780786420612

Pub. Date: 06/10/2005

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Like any profound technological breakthrough, the advent of sound recording ushered in a period of explosive and imaginative experimentation, growth and competition. Between the commercial debut of Edison's "talking machine" in 1889 and the first commercial radio broadcast three decades later, the recording industry was uncharted territory in terms of both

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Like any profound technological breakthrough, the advent of sound recording ushered in a period of explosive and imaginative experimentation, growth and competition. Between the commercial debut of Edison's "talking machine" in 1889 and the first commercial radio broadcast three decades later, the recording industry was uncharted territory in terms of both technology and content.

This history of the earliest years of sound recording—the time between the phonograph's appearance and the licensing of commercial radio—examines a newly created technology and industry in search of itself. It follows the story from the earliest efforts to capture sound, to the fight among wire, cylinder and disk recordings for primacy in the market, to the growth and development of musical genres, record companies and business practices that remain current today. The work chronicles the people, events and developments that turned a novel, expensive idea into a highly marketable commodity. Two appendices provide extensive lists of popular genre and ethnic recordings made between 1889 and 1919. A bibliography and index accompany the text.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786420612
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
06/10/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

1The ancients and the jukebox phenomenon15
2Inventing the music industry20
3Edison's invention23
4Cylinders, discs, and vision26
5A consumer business or a business technology?31
6"A&R" : artists and repertoire35
7Speaking of money, and the jukebox42
8Toward mass production48
9Recording and recordings52
10Sound, quality, and topicality59
11A popular product and a consumer market66
12A&R in the early years - styles and genres73
13Of places, performers, and songs75
14Type, style, genre, tempo84
15Most of the music92
16Immigration and recordings109
17Culture swing - the ethnic recordings125
18Images, music, and the inevitable transition159
19The Caruso effect165
20Enter Marconi174
App. 1Recordings in popular non-ethnic genres, 1889-1919179
App. 2Ethnic recordings, 1889-1919185

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