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Revolutions in sound recording

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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.

PLEASE NOTE: This course will be removed from OpenLearn on 1st December 2019. Please make sure you have finished studying the course by then. You may instead like to study Recording music and sound, a newer course we've published on this subject area.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this 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.

First Published: 10/08/2012

Updated: 07/02/2020