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Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction$
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Arved Ashby

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520264793

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520264793.001.0001

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Beethoven and the iPod Nation

Beethoven and the iPod Nation

(p.162) 5. Beethoven and the iPod Nation
Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction

Arved Ashby

University of California Press

This chapter studies the different media forms of music, such as the long-playing record, the CD, and the MP3 file, determining the relevance of encoding the music of classical composers such as Berg, Brahms, Birtwhistle, and Beethoven as numerical data. It looks at the arrival of digital audio and discusses literacy, which is described as human connection with an information system. The chapter furthermore studies the concepts of absolute music, the metatechnologies of musical-aesthetic information, musical canons, and playlists.

Keywords:   media forms, encoding music, numerical data, digital audio, literacy, absolute music, metatechnology, musical-aesthetic information, musical canons

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