Perfecting Sound Forever: The Story of Recorded Music

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Granta Publications, Nov 3, 2011 - Music - 464 pages
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From our CD collections to iPods bursting with MP3s to the hallowed vinyl of DJs, recordings are the most common way we experience music. Perfecting Sound Forever tells the story of recorded music, introducing us to the innovators, musicians and producers who have affected the way we hear our favourite songs, from Thomas Edison to Phil Spector. Exploring the balance that recordings strike between the real and the represented, Greg Milner asks the questions which have divided sound recorders for the past century: should a recording document reality as faithfully as possible, or should it improve upon or somehow transcend the music it records? What does the perfect record sound like? The answers he uncovers will change the way we think about music.

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User Review  - chriszodrow - LibraryThing

If you love music, play music, have an interest in audio technology, and have ever wondered how we got here, this will be an endlessly fascinating read. We are at the beginning of a new era that holds ... Read full review

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User Review  - librorumamans - LibraryThing

Parts of this history of recorded sound are fascinating; other parts become tedious. The title of Milner's book is misleading and explains some of my disappointment. This account is not a history of ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

GREG MILNER has written on music, film and technology for Spin, Salon, the Village Voice, and Wired, among other publications. He is the co-author with Joe Berlinger of Metallica: This Monster Lives.

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