From our CD collections and iPods bursting with Mp3s to the hallowed vinyl of DJs, recordings are the most common way we experience music. Yet their ubiquity has deafened us to how our understanding of music is shaped by the processes that create them.
Perfecting Sound Forever tells the story of recorded music from Thomas Edison's claim, in 1915, that he could perfectly capture the sound of a live performance, to the digital tools used today, which create the illusion of performances that never were. Along the way, Greg Milner introduces the innovators, musicians, and producers - from Les Paul to Phil Spector to Neil Young - who have affected the way we hear our favourite songs.
©2009 Greg Milner (P)2010 BBC Audiobooks Ltd
I work on the technology side of the audio business, so this book is of obvious interest. It's very well researched and argued. Eeven when I don't necessarily agree with the point being made, it's so lucidly put together that it remains engaging and thought-provoking. You don't need to understand the technology to get a lot out of this title, as all the relevant technical information is provided in a very accessible way, but it won't patronise you if you've already got this stuff under your belt. The reading is good and clear, so no worries there.
Really enjoyed this book right from the start. It is well read and each chapter moves through a different stage in the history of recording. Quite funny at times and really up to date with the examples and referencing. If I had to pick a negative, it would be that the chapters are a little long. It was difficult to find appropriate spots in the audio book to pause and be able to pick up on a fresh topic. Other than that, if you've got the slightest interest in music or record collecting and have read nothing on the subject. . this is the book for you!
These days, software DAWs can enable almost everyone can produce descent sounding music. Listening to this made me thankful of being alive in this modern computer era, and appreciative of all the brilliant people who helped in developing the music tools we use today.
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