Places and Tools

Albin J. Zak III

in The Poetics of Rock

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780520218093
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928152 | DOI:
Places and Tools

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This chapter deals with the influence of electronic devices and architectural spaces on both the creative process and the finished work. All recorded sound has an aesthetic dimension to it. It is shaped by choices made by the recordists' musical sensibility about the relationship among source sound, room acoustics, the various elements of the signal path, and the recoding medium. Sound and aural perception in the studio are always influenced by electronic components and architectural design. There are many apparently nonmusical issues that fall within the framework of compositional practice. There are many conventional recording techniques and practices. Recordists also develop personal approaches to integrating these various meditating influences into an overall musical style. There is little separating the practical and the creative application to which tools and rooms are put; there is a continual interchange between the two.

Keywords: recorded sound; recordist; technical characteristics; recording tools; recording techniques

Chapter.  12394 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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