Echo and Reverb Fabricating Space in Popular Music

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Echo and Reverb Fabricating Space in Popular Music Recording 1900 1960 Music Culture Winner of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' ARSC Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research 2006Echo and Reverb is the first history of acoustically imagined space in popular music recording The book documents how acoustic effects reverberation room ambience and echo have been used in recordings since the 1920s to create virtual sonic architectures and landscapes Author Peter Doyle traces the development of these acoustically created worlds from the ancient Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus to the dramatic acoustic architectures of the medieval cathedral the grand concert halls of the 19th century and those created by the humble parlor phonograph of the early 20th century and finally the revolutionary age of rock 'n' rollCiting recordings ranging from Gene Austin's 'My Blue Heaven' to Elvis Presley's 'Mystery Train ' Doyle illustrates how non musical sound constructs with all their rich and contradictory baggage became a central feature of recorded music The book traces various imagined worlds created with synthetic echo and reverb the heroic landscapes of the cowboy west the twilight shores of south sea islands the uncanny alleys of dark cityscapes the weird mindspaces of horror movies the private and collective spaces of teen experience and the funky juke joints of the mind Kudos to the author for his ability to fill a book about the use of of echo and reverb in music and film Theres a lot of fluff and opinion here that could have been edited better The author is well versed in many styles of music and uotes some of the best music writers A key theme of the book is the concept of spatial recording to evoke a sense of place or to enhance lyrical content I enjoyed the Robert JohnsonRy Cooder theory and the chapter on the commercialization of Hawaiian music 78164149 D7547 2005