- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Granta Books (1 July 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847081401
- ISBN-13: 978-1847081407
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 76 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 291,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Perfecting Sound Forever: The Story Of Recorded Music Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
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'[A] breathless, surprisingly thrilling rollercoaster ride through the history of recorded music - a-tour-de-force of fascinating anecdotes, lucidly expounded science, witty asides, stylistic verve, and page after page of 'gosh, I never knew that' facts' Mail on Sunday 'Greg Milner tells the story of recorded music with novelistic verve, ferocious attention to detail, and a soulful ambivalence about our quest for sonic perfection. He shows how great recordings come about not through advances in technology, but through a love of the art, and that same love is the motor of his prose' Alex Ross, author of The Rest Is Noise 'This engrossing book is a history of recording technology and an examination of the high-fidelity fallacy - This is an interesting, largely untold history of the medium, not the message, and simultaneously, a history of human credulity. Perfecting Sound Forever is an unashamedly anoraky book. As an unashamed anorak, that's high praise' Literary Review "Greg Milner's work dispels much of the mystique of recording, but its true worth lies in its articulate, thoughtful raising of questions concerning philosophy and aesthetics - Perfecting Sound Forever is a marvellous story told with passion and genuine, original insight' Sunday Herald 'Milner's appreciation of music is wide and deep - [his] passionate love of music resonates throughout, and he provides illuminating answers to questions that are poorly understood. The blurb claims that Perfecting Sound Forever "will change the way we think about music" and, when the din dies down, you find that it has' Guardian
About the Author
GREG MILNER has written on music, film and technology for Spin, Salon, the Village Voice, and Wired, among other publications. He is the co-author with Joe Berlinger of Metallica: This Monster Lives.
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Otherwise Milner's thesis on analogue versus digital makes some perceptive and often telling points and is worth reading for this alone. So, a thoroughly readable and informative book but certainly not a definitive exploration of sound recording history.
The book had lots of great anecdotes and background details as well as using different artists work to illustrate the story. If you enjoy music and find the process of recording/replaying it interesting, you'll not regret buying this book.
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