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The Resource MP3 : the meaning of a format, Jonathan Sterne

MP3 : the meaning of a format, Jonathan Sterne

Label
MP3 : the meaning of a format
Title
MP3
Title remainder
the meaning of a format
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Sterne
Title variation
Meaning of a format
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
MP3: The Meaning of a Format recounts the hundred-year history of the world's most common format for recorded audio. Understanding the historical meaning of the MP3 format entails rethinking the place of digital technologies in the larger universe of twentieth-century communication history, from hearing research conducted by the telephone industry in the 1910s, through the mid-century development of perceptual coding (the technology underlying the MP3), to the format's promiscuous social life since the mid 1990s. MP3s are products of compression, a process that removes sounds unlikely to be heard from recordings. Although media history is often characterized as a progression toward greater definition, fidelity, and truthfulness, MP3: The Meaning of a Format illuminates the crucial role of compression in the development of modern media and sound culture. Taking the history of compression as his point of departure, Jonathan Sterne investigates the relationships among sound, silence, sense, and noise; the commodity status of recorded sound and the economic role of piracy; and the importance of standards in the governance of our emerging media culture. He demonstrates that formats, standards, and infrastructures--and the need for content to fit inside them--are every bit as central to communication as the boxes we call "media."
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NcD/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
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Sterne, Jonathan
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
ML74.4.M6
LC item number
S74 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
SST: Sign, storage, transmission
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • MP3 (Audio coding standard)
  • Digital media
Label
MP3 : the meaning of a format, Jonathan Sterne
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [299]-330) and index
Contents
Format theory -- Perceptual technics -- Nature builds no telephones -- Perceptual coding and the domestication of noise -- Making a standard -- Of MPEG, measurement, and men -- Is music a thing? -- The end of MP3
Control code
769429993
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 341 p.
Isbn
9780822352877
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011053340
Other physical details
ill
System control number
(OCoLC)769429993
Label
MP3 : the meaning of a format, Jonathan Sterne
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [299]-330) and index
Contents
Format theory -- Perceptual technics -- Nature builds no telephones -- Perceptual coding and the domestication of noise -- Making a standard -- Of MPEG, measurement, and men -- Is music a thing? -- The end of MP3
Control code
769429993
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 341 p.
Isbn
9780822352877
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
2011053340
Other physical details
ill
System control number
(OCoLC)769429993

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