“Perfecting Sound Forever is an exhaustively researched, extraordinarily inquisitive book that dissects the central question within all music criticism: When we say that something sounds good, what are we really saying? And perhaps more importantly, what are we really hearing?” —CHUCK KLOSTERMAN
“A compelling look at the birth and evolution of recording, and how it changed the way the world hears itself.” —MARC WEINGARTEN, Los Angeles Times
“Greg Milner tells the story of recorded music with novelistic verve, ferocious attention to detail, and a soulful ambivalence about our quest for sonic perfection. He shows how great recordings come about not through advances in technology but through a love of the art, and that same love is the motor of his prose.” —ALEX ROSS, author of The Rest Is Noise
“You may never listen to Lady Gaga the same way again . . . [Milner is] a gifted storyteller with an ear for absurdity . . . You might not think a book about reverb could thrill. Milner’s does.”—MIKAEL WOOD, Time Out New York
“Very, very, very few books will change the way you listen to music. This is one such book. Read it.” —JARVIS COCKER
The book is very well written, and appears to be exhaustively researched.
The following chapter resumes focus on recording technology, and it's the best history of tape recording I've read, because it's the most complete.
I'd recommend this book as must reading for most music pros down to anyone who's logged a bunch of thought about audio recording.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book from the perspective of an audiophile. I have recommended it repeatedly to many friends.Published 4 months ago by hifidr
I'm almost done with chapter 2, but am already finding this book very informative and well-researched. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chris Kaltwasser
One of the best books I've ever read. I would recommend as a Text book in music industry college courses. The only thing missing is an accompanying CD to listen to sound samples. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Evelyn T Simons
Fascinating book that goes into the history of sound recording including somewhat of a philosophical, psychological and sociological perspective along with the nuts and bolts of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by S. Williams
Looks promising..just haven't had time to get into it. Showed up in good order, though and will be read on the next airplane trip.Published 13 months ago by Fred
Not too technical for non-musicians or folks not involved in the recording business but more than enough substance for people like me who are. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Salvatore S. Dalessandro
A very intersting history of not only Edison's work but also includes interesting material about tape and the influences of vocalist Bing Crosby! Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Stephen Trusedell
Like the (overly harsh?) digital sounds from CDs that infiltrate your brain after years of listening to music (supposedly affecting your mental state for the worse), this book... Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Sal Nudo