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Chion, Michel

Musique, Médias et Technologies


Paris: Flammarion.

The author analyses the relationships between music, media and technologies, in two parts:

  1. A general description of various mechanical, electrical and digital technologies for composing music, musical theories and various musical genres.
  2. An analysis of the problematic relationship between music and technologies: the various myths (hi-fi, sound reproduction, master technologies), and how it is possible to lose sight of the music through a concentration on technology-based research.

The author proposes a new direction based on listening to rediscover the music.

Table of Contents:

  1. Multiplied music
    - Six basic technical effects.
    - From musical box to computer.
    - Support and media.
    - General incidences on the music.
    - Before, at the same time, and from...
    - A globalization of music?
  2. The music appropriates another time
    - The three technicist myths.
    - Trespass music?
    - Praise of the attention.
    - The work and the event.
    - The maternal robot

Monday 28 August 2006, by Pierre Couprie

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