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Title Music, sound, and technology in America : a documentary history of early phonograph, cinema, and radio / edited by Timothy D. Taylor, Mark Katz, and Tony Grajeda
Published Durham, N.C. : Duke University Press, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (410 pages) : illustrations, music
Contents General Introduction: Music Technologies in Everyday Life / Timothy D. Taylor -- Part I. Sound Recording -- Introduction / Mark Katz -- Sound Recording: Readings -- Predictions -- The Listener and the Phonograph -- Learning to Listen -- The Phonograph in Everyday Life -- The Phonograph and Music Appreciation -- Men, Women, and Phonographs -- Music and the Great War -- Performers and the Phonograph -- In the Recording Studio -- The Phonograph and Music Pedagogy -- The Phonograph and the Composer -- The Composer in the Machine Age -- The Phonograph as a Compositional Tool -- Phonograph Debates -- Con -- Pro
Part II. Cinema -- Introduction / Tony Grajeda -- Cinema: Readings -- Technologies of Sight and Sound -- Sounds of the Cinema: Illustrated Song Slides -- The Role of the Voice (lecturers, actors) -- Incidental Musics, Special Effects, Ballyhoo, and Noise of the Audience -- Playing to the Pictures -- Performative Accompaniment -- The Organist of the Picture Palace -- Conducting and Scoring to the Movies -- Taste, Culture, and Educating the Public -- Responding to the Talkies
Part III. Radio -- Introduction / Timothy D. Taylor -- Radio: Readings -- Radio as Dream, Radio as Technology -- Early Broadcasts: Performer and Listener Impressions -- Radio in Everyday Life -- Healing -- Economics of Radio Broadcasting -- Advertising -- Music on the Radio -- Con -- Pro -- What Do Listeners Want? -- Crooning -- Radio behind the Scenes -- Getting on the Air -- Talent -- Production behind the Scenes -- Composing for the Radio -- How to Listen to Music on the Radio -- Notes -- References -- Index
Summary This reader collects primary documents on the phonograph, cinema, and radio before WWII to show how Americans slowly came to grips with the idea of recorded and mediated sound. Through readings from advertisements, newspaper and magazine articles, popular fiction, correspondence, and sheet music, one gains an understanding of how early-20th-century Americans changed from music makers into consumers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Mass media -- Technological innovations -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Motion picture music -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Phonograph -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Popular culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Popular music -- Social aspects -- United States -- 20th century
Radio broadcasting -- United States -- History -- 20th century
MUSIC / History & Criticism
MUSIC -- Recording & Reproduction.
Mass media -- Technological innovations.
Motion picture music.
Phonograph.
Popular culture.
Popular music -- Social aspects.
Radio broadcasting.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Grajeda, Tony, 1960-
Katz, Mark, 1970-
Taylor, Timothy Dean.
ISBN 0822393913
9780822393917