In case you all are interested, the University of Göttingen has published my review of Digital Signatures: The Impact of Digitization on Popular Music Sound in their musicology journal the world of music (new series). Here is a little taste:
Digital Signatures: The Impact of Digitization on Popular Music Sound
Ragnhild Brøvig-Hanssen and Anne Danielsen
Cambridge: The MIT Press
Gazing out at the landscape beyond through a clean windowpane, it is both present and absent; it exists, but not necessarily as an object of our attention. We perceive it as transparent, unless scratches or imperfections draw our attention away from the landscape and towards the pane itself. The pane, therein, is both transparent and opaque, conditions discussed by French philosopher Louis Marin (1991, 57). This apparent contradiction provides an excellent conceptual foundation on which Ragnhild Brøvig-Hanssen and Anne Danielsen build their work Digital Signatures: The Impact of Digitization on Popular Music Sound. Quoting Marin’s example, the book explores the many ways in which newly developed techniques and technologies of digital sound have transformed and most importantly, mediated the sound of popular music. That is, they examine how these techniques influence how we hear sound (“transparent mediation”) and how we perceive what is done to it (“opaque mediation”). In the process, the authors give insights into the impact of the digitization of technology on the aesthetics of popular music. Specifically, through the technologies and ideas made possible by computer-based digital audio workstations…
For a general overview of the issue, click here.