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WiFi, or wireless fidelity, may be the most physically—yet virtually—ubiquitous technology we use to experience music. Today, with streaming services, one can listen to music without even downloading it to one’s phone, as long as one has a WiFi…
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Cassettes are constructed from two spools inside a plastic casing. Between the two spools is wound a flat plastic tape that is coated with ferric oxide. Once this tape is magnetized, it remains magnetized for as long as the cassette remains intact.…
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Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1887 by connecting a thin membrane to a needle, which touched a cylinder covered with tin foil, prompting sound waves connected to a diaphragm. This process would move the needle which would then carve…
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By the late 1920s, more than 60% of Americans owned radios. An instrument featured as prominently in the home as the square grand piano once was, the radio became the center of family life in living rooms around the country. By 1940, there were 765…
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The jukebox is much older than one might assume. In 1887, Louis Glass, who owned a gin joint in San Francisco, thought to combine Thomas Edison’s Class M electric phonograph with a showy oak cabinet, and the jukebox was born. This technology did not…
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Approximately 300 years ago, Bartolomeo Cristofori combined the hammered dulcimer with the harpsichord to create the pianoforte. In 1760, a piano was built were shaped like a rectangle, which would evolve in the 19th century into the square grand…
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In January 2007, a Japanese web designer Nobuo Kawakami launched an innovative website Niconico, on this website, users can upload, view and share video clips. Unlike other video sharing sites, comments of its users can be plastered directly on top…
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Digital Television (DTV) is a significant broadcasting technology that has transformed the television format and television viewing experience. Unlike analog televisions, DTV transmit and receive digital signals and it could provide better picture…
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On the one hand, the development of the satellite industry and satellite television was made possible by a variety of factors, for example the advent of the space program, advances in digital technology, and the efforts of pioneering individuals like…
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The capacity to convert audio files into MIDI functions has been a continuous development over the last several decades. The Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) Ableton – which has been in heavy use with musicians of a variety of genres since its…
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The development of a purpose-driven DJ mixer was integral to development and progression of hip hop, disco, and the world of turntablism. Unlike a standard audio mixing board – as one would find in a club or recording studio – DJ mixers typically…
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The Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) protocol was first developed in 1981, through the collaborative efforts of Roland-founder Ikutaro Kakehashi, Oberheim Electronics-founder Tom Oberheim, and Sequential Circuits president Dave Smith. The…
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Following hot on the heels of the development of MIDI, Japanese electronics manufacturer Akai – working with Roger Linn, of Linn Electronics – released the first “groove box,” the Akai MPC60, in 1988. Linn – along with companies like Roland – was an…
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The use of magnetic tape for the recording and playback of audio information is a critical part of the history of recorded music. Developed in Germany, in 1928, Fritz Pfleumer was inspired by Oberlin Smith’s invention of recording with magnetic wire.…
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Invented in 1711 by John Shore (Sergeant trumpeter and lutenist of the court), the tuning fork is an acoustic resonator that, when struck, emits a pure musical tone. A tuning fork consists of two prongs, formed by a U-shaped, metal bar (typically…
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Emile Berliner created the first vinyl disc in 1887, following up shortly on the heels of Thomas Edison’s cylindrical phonograph. Initial discs were marketed in Europe, measuring approximately 5” in diameter, and capable of only a very short playback…
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As digital recording and sampling processes advanced and the personal computer began to gain prominence, the development of digital audio workstations (DAWs) for recording and performing music followed. But despite significant advancements in MIDI…
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Before releasing the SP-1200, E-Mu Systems, Inc. released their first mass-market music machine and the first programmable drum machine, the Drumulator. The machine was reasonably priced at $1,000, and the device came with several samples already…
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In 1972, Technics, a brand of the Panasonic Corporation, released the SL-1200 model of their classic turntable. Turntables work by spinning a record on a platform, while a metal stylus moves along the grooves in the record, picking up vibrations, and…
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