›I Sing the Body Electric‹
Music and Technology in the 20th Century
Hans-Joachim Braun (ed.)
254 S., Pb., Abb.
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Technology has always been inseparable from the development of music. But in the 20th Century a rapid acceleration took place: a new ›machine music‹ came into existence, electronic musical instruments were developed and composeres often turned into sound researchers. A problematic identification of technical change with musical progress became visible. ›Noise‹ was raised to the state of an art, and, quite often, audience and critics were shocked at this development. In pop and rock electroacustics became the essence of music-making and of musical aesthetics. Engineers with recording and reproducing equipment assumed increasing importance and the reise of studio aesthetics had a significant impact on the expectations of listeners in the concert hall. In view of all this, it seems correct to speak of a ›technologization‹ od musical aesthetics in the 20th Century.
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