Strange Sounds Music, Technology, & Culture (Hardcover)
|Author: Timothy Dean Taylor|
|In Strange Sounds, Timothy D. Taylor explains the wonder and anxiety provoked by a technological revolution that began in the 1940s and gathers steam daily. Taylor discusses the ultural role of technology, its use in making music, and the inevitable concerns about "authenticity" that arise from electronic music. Informative and highly entertaining for both music fans and scholars, Strange Sounds is a provocative look at how we perform, listen to, and understand music today.|
From the Publisher:
Digital technology may be the most fundamental change in the history of Western music since the invention of music notation in the ninth century. Sounds can now be recorded with no "performance"-at least in a conventional sense-and then perfectly pieced together as a music composition and endlessly reproduced with no loss of quality. In Strange Sounds, Timothy D. Taylor explains the wonder and anxiety provoked by a technological revolution that began in the 1940s and gathers steam daily.
This study investigates how the arrival of specific technologies changed the course of popular music in the 1940s and how those technologies, which have evolved to incorporate digital modifications, continue to alter the perception of music.