Living Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Multichannel Sound by Paul ThébergeLiving Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Multichannel Sound by Paul Théberge

Living Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Multichannel Sound

EditorPaul Théberge, Kyle Devine, Tom Everrett

Paperback | January 29, 2015

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Stereo is everywhere. The whole culture and industry of music and sound became organized around the principle of stereophony during the twentieth century. But nothing about this-not the invention or acceptance or ubiquity of stereo-was inevitable. Nor did the aesthetic conventions, technological objects, and listening practices required to make sense of stereo emerge fully formed, out of the blue. This groundbreaking book uncovers the vast amount of work that has been required to make stereo seem natural, and which has been necessary to maintain stereo's place as a dominant mode of sound reproduction for over half a century. The essays contained within this book are thematically grouped under (Audio) Positions, Listening Cultures, and Multichannel Sound and Screen Media; the cumulative effect is to advance research in music, sound, and media studies and to build new bridges between the fields. With contributions from leading scholars across several disciplines, Living Stereo re-tells the history of twentieth-century aural and musical culture through the lens of stereophonic sound.
Paul Theberge is a Professor cross-appointed to the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Culture (where he was formerly Canada Research Chair and Director) and to the School for Studies in Art and Culture (Music) at Carleton University, Canada. Kyle Devine is Lecturer in Music at City University London, and a resea...
Title:Living Stereo: Histories and Cultures of Multichannel SoundFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:January 29, 2015Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Introduction: Living Stereo (Paul Th¿berge, Kyle Devine and Tom Everrett) (AUDIO) POSITIONS 1. The "Sweet Spot": The Technology of Stereo and the Field of Auditorship (Tony Grajeda) 2. The Stereophonic Spaces of Soundscape (Jonathan Sterne) 3. Sonar and the Channelization of the Ocean (John Shiga) LISTENING CULTURES 4. Training the Listener: Stereo Demonstration Discs in an Emerging Consumer Market (Tim J. Anderson) 5. Mono in the Stereo Age (Eric Barry) 6. Looking Past the Stereo Loudspeakers: From the Home to the Amplified Concert Hall (Jonathan Tee) 7. Recorded British Folk Song (Allan F. Moore) MULTICHANNEL SOUND and SCREEN MEDIA 8. Television: Now with Two Channels of Audio (David Sedman) 9. The Grandeur(s) of CinemaScope (Matthew Malsky) 10. Atmos Now: Dolby Laboratories, Mixing Ideology and Hollywood Sound Production (Benjamin Wright) 11. A Symphony of Sound: Surround Sound in Formula One Racing Games (Ruth Dockwray and Karen Collins) List of Contributors Index

Editorial Reviews

In this volume, Th¿berge, Devine and Everrett have gathered together a fascinating body of writing on the technical, psychological and social construction of stereo. The collection represents another important step in the growing body of scholarship on how recorded music differs from music on the concert stage and in the score. While the individual chapters provide some fine grained detail, the editors have situated them into the broader context of the burgeoning new discipline of sound studies.