Overview

Shifts the focus away from the creation of music to the experience of listening to it, and to the formats that have shaped and ultimately defined that experience. From vinyl, cassette tape, CD, and MP3, each generation has had a piece of musical media to call its own– a way of listening that determines not only how and where we listen, but also the manner in which we collect, store, and share the music we love. What remains unchanged is the fundamental miracle of recorded music for the listener: the music we listen to becomes a pivotal part of who we are.

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Lessons

The Short and Long of It: How 45 rpm Singles and 33 ⅓ rpm Albums Helped Shape Radio and American Culture

How did changes in the technology of record manufacturing effect popular music, radio, and the people who consumed both?
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Consumer as Creator: How Cassette Tapes Established New Possibilities for Listener Interaction

How did the cassette tape change the audience’s experience by allowing the listener to record, compile and disseminate music?
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