Any Sound You Can Imagine: Making Music/Consuming Technology

Théberge, Paul


University: Wesleyan University Press.

Language: English

In this book, the author presents a detailed analysis of technological innovation in the design of music technologies, in particular, the role of digital technologies in the production of popular music. Focussing on the social conditions in which these innovations occur - the industries that supply the technologies, the media that promote them, and the meanings that they have for the musicians that use them - the author illuminates the changing relationships between musical concepts, styles, and technology.

Table of contents:

  1. Introduction: Technology, Consumption, and Musical Practice

Part One: Design/ Production: The Musical Instrument History

  1. The Industrial Context of a "Revolution" in Marketing and Design
  2. Invention and Innovation in Electronic Instrument Design
  3. Consumption and "Democratization": Digital Synthesizers, Sounds, and MIDI

Part Two: Meditation: Musicians' Magazines, Networks, and User Groups

  1. Music Periodicals, the Instrument Industry, and the Musicians Community
  2. Communication Networks and User Groups: A Musical Democracy?

Part Three: Consumption/Use: Technology and Musical Practice

  1. Music/Technology/Practice: Musical; Knowledge in Action
  2. The New "Sound" of Music: Technology and the Changing Concepts of Music
  3. "Live" and Recorded: MIDI Sequencing, the Home Studio, and Copyright
  4. Conclusion: Toward a New Model of Musical Production and Consumption