Blog Post #1

I found it very interesting how recorded sound came about, and all that went in to developing what has now become a highly engineered and prevalent industry.  It’s hard to think that initially, the concept of its industry potential wasn’t even thought that far ahead. Instead the emphasis was getting the best possible quality. It was quickly noticed that given the simplistic and primitive technology that some instruments recording better than others. The fact that drums were way too dynamic to be captured by the narrow capturing range of the early sound recorders was intriguing and explains why it wasn’t until the decades later that we would begin to hear drum kits played in setting more than just live performances.
What I found most interesting was how 2 part, short songs with a vocalist with piano accompaniment evolved. When we think of lounge acts or jazz singers in clubs, we often picture the image of a sexy girl in a nice dress sitting or lying on a grand piano singing a sometimes morose/melancholy smooth jazz piece. After reading chapter 4 /I realized that this came from the fact that simple piano tunes with a singer were early recording engineers’ favorites to capture. They were simplistic enough logistically to accurately record, as well as being robust and rich enough acoustically. MTV during the 90’s brought the values and appreciation of acoustically inclined instrumentation to the popular culture with their extensive “Unplugged” series of popular bands. Far removed from the big elaborate production the artists themselves were typically accustom to, were now removed and shown in there purest musical forms, and not surprisingly people loved it. The advancement of an idea instituted back in the early jazz eras of the 1930’s and 1940’s.
The limitations of early recording technology would also affect the future music industry of the future by establishing standard song durations which were significantly shorter than what some live performances were being formatted around. The 2-3 minute standard for songs was instituted during the during this era and would persist all the way through to the present day seemingly looking on punk music, pop music, and rock & hip hop. Granted with the technological advancement throughout the years, we are capable to capture seemingly as much as we’d want; it’s still set the premise for the need of a 3-minute long song which still dominates the industry even today.
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