Friday, September 24th, 2010...4:37 pm

Recorded sound

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The invention of the radio and the “talking pictures” have obviously proved themselves to be two of the best creations for the entertainment industry. Although like most inventions, they didn’t happen overnight. They took years of trial and error to perfect the new devices. All of the time and effort these inventors put into making the devices to record sound have seriously paved the way for the explosive market it has become today.
I really like how Millard described the recording process as a scientific procedure, identifying that the job of the recorder took a lot of experience and familiarity with the different materials that were used. I believe that this proves to be true in most professions, the more time you spend working with various machines and material the more accustom you become to the results they produce.
During the Great Depression the radio and recorded music found in the Jukebox, demonstrate how successful this invention was. Like today, it seems that people like to go out and have a good time and usually this involves listening to music and dancing. The Jukebox was considered a cheap form of entertainment during the Great Depression and I believe this is still true today. My father owns a sports bar and some nights we have live entertainment, and on the nights we don’t the Jukebox gets a ton of attention from our customers. We have upgraded with the times, from having a Jukebox with a limited number of records to now having a computerized one, where you can download any songs that are not already on it.
It amazes me to read about how much time and effort go into creating a record and even though we have improved our technology over the years and have come up with better solutions for improving the sound quality of records, it still takes experience and familiarity to produce a great record. It is not just throwing sounds and beats together it takes time and good sense of what instruments actually complement each other, similar to a scientific procedure.

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  • I’d love to talk more about jukebox technology in class! Jukeboxes are so ubiquitous, and continue to play a big role in our consumption of music in public, but so little has been written about them. It’s such an interesting format in that the user makes a personal selection, but it is then experienced, for better or worse, by everyone within earshot. Some systems seem to have the ability to allow bartenders to override the selections of the patrons (which, again, can be a good thing or a bad thing)…

  • The jukebox was a very popular and in-demand invention, but you are right that we have changed with the times. As more years pass by, technology may change certain portabilities, qualities, form factors or what have you; however the jukebox was a very important invention in the sense that it established a consumer’s desire to have their favorite songs available and at their disposal when they want it. This basic principle allowed invention like the walkman, the discman, and the iPod to exsist and seriously push the envelope in terms of what the simplistic original idea had allowed. The size and portability has definately changed, but the value of such a device as the original jukebox still persists today as a major element of entertainment. Furthermore the name jukebox itself still lends itself to many computer-based digital music databases who expand on the original idea from the depression era 1930’s

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