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The Logic of Filtering: How Noise Shapes the Sound of Recorded Music

Melle Jan Kromhout


This book traces the profound impact of technical media on the sound of music, asking: How do media technologies shape sound? How does this affect music? And how did it change what we listen for in music? Based on the information theoretical proposition that all transmission channels introduce noise and distortion, the argument accounts for the fact that technologically reproduced music is inherently shaped by the technologies that enable its reproduction. The media archaeological assessment of this noise of sound media developed in the book draws from a wide range of sources, both theoretical ... More

Keywords: noise, sound recording, sound media, recorded music, technical filter, information theory, noise reduction, history of acoustics, media archaeology, German media theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190070137
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190070137.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Melle Jan Kromhout, author
Independent Scholar