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:

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This chapter discusses who and what a recording represents, determining whether a recording can change the very nature of music, and studying photography theory and the technologies of depiction. It then examines the independent photographic image of the self, which is clearly marked as a complication of identity, and also compares recordings to photographs, describing recording as a documentation of a composer's intentions. The photographic aspects of records, the reality invoked by recordings, visual recordings, sound recordings, and high fidelity are other concepts discussed here.

Keywords: recording; nature of music; photography theory; technologies of depiction; photographic image; identity; high fidelity

Chapter.  11573 words. 

Subjects: Applied Music

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