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Description - Music and Technology in the Twentieth Century by Hans-Joachim Braun

Technology has always been inseparable from the development of music, but in the 20th century a rapid acceleration took place: a new "machine music" came into existence, electronic musical instruments appeared, and composers sometimes seemed more like sound technicians than musicians. In this book, Hans-Joachim Braun and his co-authors offer a wide-ranging look at the relationship of technology and modern music. Topics range from the role of Yamaha in Japan's musical development to the social construction of the synthesizer; from the player piano as precursor of computer music to the musical role of aeroplanes and locomotives; from the growth of one independent recording studio (from "Polka to Punk") to the origins of the 45-RPM record. Other chapters consider violin vibrato and the phonograph, Jimi Hendrix, and the aesthetic challenge of soundsampling. The book concludes with a look at the current situation, and perspectives for its future in electronic music.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801868856
ISBN-10: 0801868858
Format: Hardback
(213mm x 149mm x 22mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Hans-Joachim Braun

Hans-Joachim Braun is a professor of modern social, economic, and technological history at the Universitat der Bundeswehr in Hamburg, Germany.

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