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Electric sounds : technological change and the rise of corporate mass media

Author: Steve J Wurtzler
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007.
Series: Film and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Electric Sounds focuses on the innovations in the electronic production and transmission of sound in the 1920s and '30s and their explosive impact on the American mass media. Wurtzler looks at how advancements made in film, radio, phonography, and public address systems proved to be the most important developments in mass media history. In clear and engaging prose, he recounts the film industry's conversion to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wurtzler, Steve J.
Electric sounds.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2007
(OCoLC)608170308
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steve J Wurtzler
ISBN: 0231136765 9780231136761 9780231136778 0231136773
OCLC Number: 70199883
Description: xi, 393 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Technological innovation and the consolidation of corporate power --
Announcing technological change --
From performing the recorded to dissimulating the machine --
Making sound media meaningful: commerce, culture, politics --
Transcription versus signification: competing paradigms for representing with sound --
Conclusions/Reverberations.
Series Title: Film and culture.
Responsibility: Steve J. Wurtzler.
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Describes an era when innovations in the production, recording, and transmission of sound revolutionized a number of different media, especially the radio, the phonograph, and the cinema. This book  Read more...

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