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Revolutions in sound recording
Since the invention of the phonograph in 1877, the recording and playback of sound has...
Since the invention of the phonograph in 1877, the recording and playback of sound has been a key element of life in the western world. This unit traces the technology and characters of the sound recording industry as it advances from Edison's original phonograph to the formats we know today.
By the end of this free course you should be able to:
- explain correctly the meanings of the emboldened terms in the main text and use them correctly in context;
- give a brief account of the history of the record industry;
- describe the methods used for storing analogue audio recordings introduced in the main text, highlighting their technological aspects;
- make informed judgements as to the quality of a sound recording through analysis of the audio signal.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Capturing sound
- 2 Cylinders or plates?
- 3 Sounds from magnets
- 4 Unit summary
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Revolutions in sound recording
This unit looks at the ways in which technology has influenced the music industry and how this has changed the way we listen to music and buy records. It is a brief history of the recording industry from its beginnings at the end of the nineteenth century. Step changes in technology will be highlighted in a story that often is as much about the people who built the industry and the recordings they made as about the technologies that were developed and used.
Please note that Activity 1 is optional and requires additional materials and software.
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Originally published: Thursday, 31st July 2008
Last updated on: Thursday, 13th September 2012
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