Vocal Tracks: Performance and Sound Media / Edition 1

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Overview

This entertaining and innovative book focuses on vocal performance styles that developed in tandem with the sound technologies of the phonograph, radio, and sound film. Writing in a clear and lively style, Jacob Smith looks at these media technologies and industries through the lens of performance, bringing to light a fascinating nexus of performer, technology, and audience. Combining theories of film sound, cultural histories of sound technologies and industries, and theories of performance, Smith convincingly connects disparate and largely neglected performance niches to explore the development of a modern vocal performance. Vocal Tracks: Performance and Sound Media demonstrates the voice to be a vehicle of performance, identity, and culture and illustrates both the interconnection of all these categories and their relation to the media technologies of the past century.

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Editorial Reviews

Screening The Past
“Heterogeneous and ambitious . . . Smith has generously supplied an opportunity for future research.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520254947
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Jacob Smith is Lecturer in the Institute of Film and Television Studies in the Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART ONE: FLOODING OUT
1. Recorded Laughter and the Performance of Authenticity
2. Erotic Performance on Record

PART TWO: A FINER GRAIN OF THE VOICE
3. The Nearness of You; or, The Voice of Melodrama
4. Rough Mix

PART THREE: BUGGING THE BACKSTAGE
5. The Act of Being Yourself
6. Phony Performances

Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography

Index

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