Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music
In 1915, Thomas Edison proclaimed that he could record a live performance and reproduce it perfectly, shocking audiences who found themselves unable to tell whether what they were hearing was an Edison Diamond Disc or a flesh-and-blood musician. Today, the equation is reversed. Whereas Edison proposed that a real performance could be rebuilt with absolute perfection, Pro Tools and digital samplers now allow musicians and engineers to create the illusion of performances that never were. In between lies a century of sonic exploration into the balance between the real and the represented.
This compelling book on the history of recorded music will make you listen to music differently.
“Very, very, very few books will change the way you listen to music. This is one such book. Read it.” ―JARVIS COCKER