A Most Valuable Medium: The Remediation of Oral Performance on Early Commercial Recordings by Bauman, Richard

A Most Valuable Medium: The Remediation of Oral Performance on Early Commercial Recordings

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Between 1895 and 1920, the United States saw a sharp increase in commercial sound recording, the first mass medium of home entertainment.

As companies sought to discover what kinds of records would appeal to consumers, they turned to performance forms already familiar to contemporary audiences--sales pitches, oratory, sermons, and stories. In A Most Valuable Medium, Richard Bauman explores the practical problems that producers and performers confronted when adapting familiar oral genres to this innovative medium of sound recording. He also examines how audiences responded to these modified and commoditized presentations.

Featuring audio examples throughout and offering a novel look at the early history of sound recording, A Most Valuable Medium reveals how this new technology effected monumental change in the ways we receive information.

Author: Richard Bauman
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Published: 03/14/2023
Pages: 238
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.97lbs
Size: 9.21h x 5.98w x 0.94d
ISBN: 9780253065186

About the Author

Richard Bauman is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, of Folklore, and of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. He is author most recently of A World of Others' Words: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Intertextuality and (with Charles L. Briggs) of Voices of Modernity: Language Ideologies and the Politics of Inequality. He is editor (with Patricia Sawin and Inta Gale Carpenter) of Reflections on the Folklife Festival: An Ethnography of Participant Experience.

Patrick Feaster is Cofounder and Lead Researcher at First Sounds Initiative and former Media Preservation Specialist for Indiana University's Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative. He is a specialist in the history, culture, and preservation of early sound media and a three-time Grammy nominee.

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