MP3: The Meaning of a Format (Sign, Storage, Transmission) by Jonathan Sterne

By Jonathan Sterne

MP3: The which means of a Format recounts the hundred-year historical past of the world's commonest layout for recorded audio. knowing the historic which means of the MP3 structure involves rethinking where of electronic applied sciences within the higher universe of twentieth-century verbal exchange heritage, from listening to study carried out via the phone within the 1910s, throughout the mid-century improvement of perceptual coding (the know-how underlying the MP3), to the format's promiscuous social lifestyles because the mid 1990s.

MP3s are items of compression, a procedure that gets rid of sounds not likely to be heard from recordings. even supposing media heritage is frequently characterised as a development towards larger definition, constancy, and truthfulness, MP3: The which means of a Format illuminates the an important function of compression within the improvement of recent media and sound tradition. Taking the heritage of compression as his aspect of departure, Jonathan Sterne investigates the relationships between sound, silence, experience, and noise; the commodity prestige of recorded sound and the industrial function of piracy; and the significance of criteria within the governance of our rising media tradition. He demonstrates that codecs, criteria, and infrastructures—and the necessity for content material to slot inside of them—are every piece as crucial to verbal exchange because the containers we name "media."

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