Setting the Record Straight: A Material History of Classical Recording

Setting the Record Straight: A Material History of Classical Recording

by Colin Symes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0819567213

ISBN-13: 9780819567215

Pub. Date: 11/29/2004

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

Record albums are more than records; they include covers and liner notes, catalogs, magazines, and advertisements. In this fascinating study of the materials that surround LPs and CDs, Colin Symes undertakes a cultural history of the record, looking specifically at the way the phonograph helped democratize classical music by enabling it to be heard at home, away from…  See more details below

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Record albums are more than records; they include covers and liner notes, catalogs, magazines, and advertisements. In this fascinating study of the materials that surround LPs and CDs, Colin Symes undertakes a cultural history of the record, looking specifically at the way the phonograph helped democratize classical music by enabling it to be heard at home, away from the concert hall. Symes argues that the listening habits associated with classical records and recording were produced and naturalized through a magazine culture, which conveyed the idea that collecting and listening to records were legitimate pastimes for the general public. The first chapter lays out a textual theory of the phonograph and compact disc, while subsequent chapters look critically and historically at the different components of the recording process: covers and cover notes, the rhetoric of the record review, the influence of recording on performance, the domestication of the concert hall, advertising in the record industry, and even the architecture of record shops. Symes’s path-breaking history will engage anyone with an interest in classical music and recording.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780819567215
Publisher:
Wesleyan University Press
Publication date:
11/29/2004
Series:
Music Culture
Edition description:
Audio CD.
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Playing by the Book: Towards a Textual Theory of the Phonograph
Disconcerting Music: Composers and Performers on the Record
The Best Seat in the House: The Domestication of the Concert Hall
Creating the Right Impression: An Iconography of Record Covers
Off the Record: Some Notes on the Sleeve
Just for the Record: The Narrative Architecture of Gramophone Magazines
Compact Discourse: The Review of the Gramophone
Keeping Records in their Place: Collections, Catalogs, Libraries and Societies
Coda: The End of the Record

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