The Cambridge Companion to Recorded Music

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Nicholas Cook, Eric Clarke, Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, John Rink
Cambridge University Press, Nov 26, 2009 - Music - 380 pages
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From the cylinder to the download, the practice of music has been radically transformed by the development of recording and playback technologies. This Companion provides a detailed overview of the transformation, encompassing both classical and popular music. Topics covered include the history of recording technology and the businesses built on it; the impact of recording on performance styles; studio practices, viewed from the perspectives of performer, producer and engineer; and approaches to the study of recordings. The main chapters are interspersed by 'short takes' - short contributions by different practitioners, ranging from classical or pop producers and performers to record collectors. Combining basic information with a variety of perspectives on records and recordings, this book will appeal not only to students in a range of subjects from music to the media, but also to general readers interested in a fundamental yet insufficiently understood dimension of musical culture.

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About the author (2009)

Eric Clarke is Heather Professor of Music at the University of Oxford.

Nicholas Cook is Professor of Music at Cambridge University.

Daniel Leech-Wilkinson is Professor of Music at King's College London.

John Rink is Professor of Music at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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