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Revolutions in sound recording
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 free course, Revolutions in sound recording, traces the technology and characters of the sound recording industry as it advances from Edison's original phonograph to the formats we know today.
Course learning outcomes
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.
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- Revolutions in sound recording
- 1 Capturing sound
- 2 Cylinders or plates?
- 3 Sounds from magnets
- 4 Unit summary
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