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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Subject for further research: to what extent has the evolution of recording technology had an effect on the composition of popular music? Piano rolls were a technology that allowed for more complex compositions (although I imagine there are people today who can match that complexity). The LP allowed for longer improvisations in jazz; the longer format CD meant that more songs could be included on a release. The mp3 seems to have brought us back to the era of the 45, except that there are no longer time limitations on a single song. Why aren't more jazz musicans taking advantage of this?

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See, eg: http://mobile.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2012/11/birth_of_the_long_playing_record_plus_rare_photos_from_the_heyday_of_columbia.html
 

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