Beethoven and the iPod Nation

Arved Ashby

in Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264793
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520945692 | DOI:
Beethoven and the iPod Nation

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This chapter studies the different media forms of music, such as the long-playing record, the CD, and the MP3 file, determining the relevance of encoding the music of classical composers such as Berg, Brahms, Birtwhistle, and Beethoven as numerical data. It looks at the arrival of digital audio and discusses literacy, which is described as human connection with an information system. The chapter furthermore studies the concepts of absolute music, the metatechnologies of musical-aesthetic information, musical canons, and playlists.

Keywords: media forms; encoding music; numerical data; digital audio; literacy; absolute music; metatechnology; musical-aesthetic information; musical canons

Chapter.  13520 words. 

Subjects: Applied Music

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