Material Culture and Electronic Sound
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This eighth volume of the Artefacts series explores how material culture has affected music and sound. Technological innovations in music that were originally created to solve existing problems have ended up expanding the range of what can be done musically and changing the landscape of music. Boon and Weium present a collection of essays exploring technological innovations and their effects on musical culture. Contributors include composers, performers, musicologists, and scientists, providing diverse insights into the nature of music. With a foreword by renowned British producer Brian Eno, Material Culture and Electronic Sound examines what has happened because technology and music crossed paths.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 187 x 267 x 23mm | 953g
  • Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • 1935623109
  • 9781935623106
  • 2,168,775

Table of contents

Foreword by Brian Eno
Introduction by Tim Boon and Frode Weium
Chapter 1: Bellowphones and Blowed Strings: The Auxeto-Instruments of Horace Short and Charles Algernon Parsons
Chapter 2: Artefacts in Performance
Chapter 3: Technology and authenticity: the reception of the Hammond organ in Norway
Chapter 4: Mimics, menaces or new musical horizons? Musicians' attitudes towards the first commercial drum machines and samplers
Chapter 5: The Magnetic Tape Recorder. Recording Aesthetics in the New Era of Schizophonia
Chapter 6: Stockhausen meets King Tubby's: the stepped filter and its influence as a musical instrument on two different styles of music
Chapter 7: The Oramics Machine: The Lost Legacy of British Electronic and Computer Music?
Chapter 8: Musical instruments and user interfaces in two centuries
Chapter 9: Austrian pioneers of the electrification of musical instruments
Chapter 10: New and Rediscovered Musical Instruments Rediscovered
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Material Culture and Electronic Sound explores how material culture has affected music and sound more generally. Technological innovations in music originally created to solve specific problems sometimes resulted in broadly changing the landscape or music more generally. Boon and Weium offer an anthology of 10 scholarly papers that provide case studies of technological innovations and their effects on musical culture. Contributors include composers, performers, musicologists, and scientists, providing diverse insights into the nature of music. The emphasis clearly is more on music than sound generally, although one paper on the magnetic tape recorder reaches a bit farther out. * Communication Booknotes Quarterly *
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About Frode Weium

Frode Weium is curator at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology in Oslo.

Tim Boon is head of research and public history at The Science Museum in London.
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