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Repeated Takes: A Short History of Recording and its Effects on Music Paperback – May 17, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-1859840122 ISBN-10: 1859840124

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  • Paperback: 214 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (May 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859840124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859840122
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #944,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Repeated Takes is an informed journey through the parts that other music books rarely reach. It tells a story of technology, industrial change and corporate warfare. It is a fascinating book rich in reference.”—Stuart Cosgrove, Channel Four Television

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Michael Chanan is a filmmaker, writer and teacher. He has written books on various aspects of film and music, including Repeated Takes, The Dream that Kicks and The Cuban Image.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Cap'n Pete on July 7, 1998
Format: Paperback
This is a book about what audio recording has done to our minds, our culture, our economy, and most of all to our relationship with music. Along the way, Chanan gives an excellent short history of "phonography --" the art of recording sound, from 1902 when Caruso's voice was found to perfectly suited to drowning out surface noise, up to the '90s, when Chuck D of Public Enemy explains that the sound of New York City rap is "more of a headphone thing" because people in the Big Apple don't drive much. Songs from places where you need wheels, like Philadelphia or L.A. are made to be heard on car stereos instead.
The advent of the Edison cylinder, and later the 78 rpm disc, forever changed the fundamental relationship of musician, music, and listener. Prior to recordings, music was etherial, gone forever when the performance was over, and known only to those who were there. When music became a commodity, the performance was separated from a time and place. Moreover, it provided a way to "notate" musical forms (like the blues) that had been transmitted only in person.
Early on, it became apparent that there was big money to be made if one had a hit record -- Caruso personally made over $2 million between 1902 and 1921, when he died -- and corporations were quick to start what we now know as the Record Business. Chanan describes the confluence of technology, copyright law, and popular culture that has made the music scene what it is today: a massive multinational machine, that requires a steady stream of fresh, disposable product.
We are musically different creatures then our ancestors of a century ago. A hundred years ago, no one could have imagined music being used as aural furniture, as it is in an elevator, airport, or dentist's office.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Esthetitech on January 2, 2011
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Loads of information. Only wish I had the complimentary book, Musica Practica, for my research paper. Would have rounded out the information in Repeated Takes.
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