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This will include exploration of the various types of recording technology, a basic history of the record industry, and discussion of how technology influenced who and what was recorded.

The history of sound recording. This will include exploration of the various types of recording technology, a basic history of the record industry, and discussion of how technology influenced who and what was recorded.

• Consideration of the variance between live and recorded performance, including an investigation of production techniques, mixing, and sound engineering.

• Discussion and debate over the influences – both positive and negative – of recordings on audience reception, repertoire, and performance style.

• Consideration of how performers can use recordings.

• An exploration of recorded artifacts approached through the “great voices” on record. We will discuss historical vocal recordings in a number of different genres, including opera, popular music, art music, jazz, and rock. Learning Objectives: By the end of the semester you should be able to:

• Summarize the history of sound recording and basic recording technology

• Discuss the influences of recordings on audience reception and performance style

• Discuss how recordings can be incorporated into various fields of study and performance

• Demonstrate how and where to locate historical recordings

• Analyze recorded content and identify practical and post-production effects

• Identify the variance between live and recorded performing

• Discuss the effects of mixing and sound engineering

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