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The Resource Waves and forms : electronic music devices and computer encodings in China, Basile Zimmermann

Waves and forms : electronic music devices and computer encodings in China, Basile Zimmermann

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Waves and forms : electronic music devices and computer encodings in China
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Waves and forms
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electronic music devices and computer encodings in China
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Basile Zimmermann
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eng
Summary
Technical objects constrain what users do with them. They are not neutral entities but embody information, choices, values, assumptions, or even mistakes embedded by designers. What happens when a technology is designed in one culture and used in another? What happens, for example, when a Chinese user is confronted by Roman-alphabet-embedded interfaces? In this book, Basile Zimmermann examines the relationship between technical objects and culture in contemporary China, drawing on concepts from science and technology studies (STS). He presents a new theoretical framework for "culture" based on the notions of waves and forms, which provides a powerful descriptive toolkit for technology and culture. The materials Zimmermann uses to develop and illustrate his theoretical arguments come from three groups of case studies about the use of technical devices in today's China. The first and most extensive group consists of observations of electronic music devices in Beijing; the second is a study of a Chinese networking site, "Happy Network"; and the third is a collection of personal, small-scale observations on the way Chinese characters behave when located in alphabet-encoded devices such as mobile phones, web pages, or printed documents. Zimmermann discusses well-known frameworks from STS and combines them with propositions and topics from Chinese studies. Each of the case studies advances his theoretical argument. Zimmermann's account shows how cultural differences can be integrated into STS research, and how sinologists can turn their attention from ancient texts and traditional art to everyday things in present-day China
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1973-
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Zimmermann, Basile
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illustrations
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index present
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  • dictionaries
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  • M.I.T. Press
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Inside technology
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  • Science
  • Music and technology
  • Technology
  • Electronic music
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Waves and forms : electronic music devices and computer encodings in China, Basile Zimmermann
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-268) and index
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online resource
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text
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7109322
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1 PDF (xii, 277 pages)
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online
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Restricted to subscribers or individual electronic text purchasers
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9780262328159
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electronic
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illustrations
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remote
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  • (CaBNVSL)mat07109322
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
Waves and forms : electronic music devices and computer encodings in China, Basile Zimmermann
Publication
Distribution
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [255]-268) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
7109322
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 PDF (xii, 277 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Restricted to subscribers or individual electronic text purchasers
Isbn
9780262328159
Media category
electronic
Media MARC source
isbdmedia
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CaBNVSL)mat07109322
  • (IDAMS)0b00006483f6efd9
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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