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Description for MP3 Paperback. Demonstrates that formats, standards, and infrastructures are every bit as central to communication as the boxes we call "media" Series: Sign, Storage, Transmission. Num Pages: 360 pages, 31 photographs, 5 tables. BIC Classification: AVX; TJK; TTA. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 236 x 156 x 21. Weight in Grams: 520.
MP3: The Meaning of a Format recounts the hundred-year history of the world's most common format for recorded audio. Understanding the historical meaning of the MP3 format entails rethinking the place of digital technologies in the larger universe of twentieth-century communication history, from hearing research conducted by the telephone industry in the 1910s, through the mid-century development of perceptual coding (the technology underlying the MP3), to the format's promiscuous social life since the mid 1990s.MP3s are products of compression, a process that removes sounds unlikely to be heard from recordings. Although media history is often characterized as a progression toward ... Read more

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Duke University Press United States
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About Jonathan A. C. Sterne
Jonathan Sterne teaches in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies, and the History and Philosophy of Science Program at McGill University. He is the author of the award-winning book The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction, also published by Duke University Press, and the editor of The Sound Studies Reader. Sterne has written for Tape Op, Punk ... Read more

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Sterne's MP3 is an exemplary history of the present. . . . MP3 serves as a needed corrective-if not an outright refutation-of the varieties of techno-optimism that have flourished in response to the format's widespread circulation.
Steve Waksman
Journal of Popular Music Studies
Despite, or perhaps because of, the rather dystopic scene that Sterne sketches ... Read more

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