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Echo and Reverb: Fabricating Space in Popular Music Recording, 1900-1960 (Music Culture) [Hardcover]

Echo and Reverb: Fabricating Space in Popular Music Recording, 1900-1960 (Music Culture) [Hardcover]

By Peter Doyle (Author)
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Echo and Reverb is the first history of acoustically imagined space in popular music recording. The book documents how acoustic effects--reverberation, room ambience, and echo--have been used in recordings since the 1920s to create virtual sonic architectures and landscapes. Author Peter Doyle traces the development of these acoustically-created worlds from the ancient Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus to the dramatic acoustic architectures of the medieval cathedral, the grand concert halls of the 19th century, and those created by the humble parlor phonograph of the early 20th century, and finally, the revolutionary age of rock 'n' roll.

Citing recordings ranging from Gene Austin's 'My Blue Heaven' to Elvis Presley's 'Mystery Train,' Doyle illustrates how non-musical sound constructs, with all their rich and contradictory baggage, became a central feature of recorded music. The book traces various imagined worlds created with synthetic echo and reverb--the heroic landscapes of the cowboy west, the twilight shores of south sea islands, the uncanny alleys of dark cityscapes, the weird mindspaces of horror movies, the private and collective spaces of teen experience, and the funky juke-joints of the mind.

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Studio: Wesleyan
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 5.9" Height: 1.1"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2005
Publisher   Wesleyan
ISBN  0819567930  
ISBN13  9780819567932  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Doyle is internationally recognised for his teaching and research on marketing and business strategy. He is Professor of Marketing and Strategic Management at the University of Warwick Business School. Previously he has held positions at the London Business School, INSEAD, Bradford and Stanford Universities.
He is the author of numerous papers which have appeared in most of the world's top journals including the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science and the Economic Journal. His other recent books are Marketing Management and Strategy and Innovation in Marketing.
He has acted as a consultant to many of the most famous international companies including Coca-Cola, IBM, Nestle, Cadbury-Schweppes, British Airways, Mars, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, Shell, BP Amoco, AstraZeneca, Novartis, 3M, Saatchi & Saatchi and Wal-Mart. He has also advised such professional bodies as Britain's Cabinet Office, The Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Institute of Directors, the CBI, the Pacific-Asian Management Institute and the Singapore Department of Trade.
Peter Doyle has run executive programmes for senior managers thorhgout Europe, the United States, South America, Australia and the Far East. He has been voted 'Outstanding Teacher' on numerous university and corporate courses. He has a First Class Honours degree from the University of Manchester and an MBA and PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. His research has twice led him to tbe awarded the President's Medal of the Operational Research Society and the Best paper Award of the American Marketing Association.

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Ignore the jazzhermit, this book is a winner!  Apr 6, 2010
I was prompted to write this response due to "jazzhermit"'s completely ill-considered, ill-informed and, quite frankly, loony "review" of this fantastic book. Echo and Reverb is one of the best books on a relationship between sound technology and social history one would ever hope to find. In short, Doyle provides a complete history of the sonic treatment of sound in the recording studio, including the emergence of acoustic effects, notable examples from recording history and ultimately the psycho-acoustic ramifications of sound processing in the recording studio, by way of some of the best-known pre and early rock'n'roll records.

After having read this book, I was prompted to do further research, and thanks to Wikipedia, I am now aware that Peter Doyle is a critically acclaimed academic AND fiction writer, which would seem to make sense, as the style is fluid and accessible and not simply some overly verbose academic treatise. In fact the book was the recipient of an "Association of Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC) 2006 award for Best Research in Record Labels and General History", so I would take that as a more appropriate indicator of its erudition and quality.

Furthermore, as a music lover and historian, I am a self-confessed taskmaster when it comes to historical data and trajectory. This book never sets a foot wrong, providing an absolutely comprehensive discussion of recording techniques, and the studios in which these new sonic innovations (Sun, Chess et al) took place.

Why the previous reviewer would have such problems with the book is beyond me, as it is one of the finest elaborations on the emergence of effects/audio treatments and the records that drove these innovations that one could ever purchase.

Fantastic Book!
Absolute rubbish  Oct 18, 2009
Completely worthless. Somehow this dolt has managed to equate reverb to class struggles within society. Mostly he just blathers on with verbose statements that say nothing. Truly a waste of time and money. It's not about echo and reverb, it's not about music, it IS about some vest pocket intellectual stroking his own ego.

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