Sunday, 21 July 2019

Music Extra: A History Of Music And Technology - 7. The Studio: From Acoustic To Electric

MUSIC EXTRA: A HISTORY OF MUSIC AND TECHNOLOGY - 7. THE STUDIO: FROM ACOUSTIC TO ELECTRIC (96kbs-m4a/35mb/50mins)
BBC World Service broadcast: 8th June 2019

The recording studio has changed dramatically since the advent of sound recording - as has our understanding of the ‘perfect take’.

In the first of two programmes about the history of the studio, Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason explores the limitations of the acoustic era, and how the switch to electrical recording ushered in the age of more intimate recording, giving rise to the superstar crooner.

We look at the how, after World War 2, a boom in independent recording studios run by army-trained communications engineers helped to drive the birth of rock n roll, and how technology developed during the war made it possible for musicians to start recording music that was physically impossible to play, using techniques pioneered by a man better known for his guitars – Les Paul.

CONTRIBUTORS

Prof Mark Katz, University of North Carolina

Prof Simon Zagorski-Thomas, The London College of Music at the University of West London

Prof Albin Zak, The State University of New York at Albany

Prof Allison McCracken, DePaul University

Greg Milner, author of Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music

Brian Kehew, producer and music historian

Clem Cattini, The Tornados

The series is produced in association with the Open University.

(Photo: A woman sings in front of an acoustic recording horn Credit: Getty)

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