Chapter 5 Recording and Listening

Recording and listening devices let you enjoy music from afar and share it with others.


Until the late nineteenth century, pretty much the only way to hear a musical performance was to be there, live, in person. Two inventions—the phonograph and the radio—changed all that forever.

Earlier instruments let you listen to “prerecorded” performances by playing music automatically. They included wind-up music boxes (the inspiration for the project in Chapter 3) and player pianos (which used paper rolls with holes ...

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