In the second half of the 20th century listening to music in the Western world became increasingly organized as listening to records. Making use of four case studies from the history of popular music, this book examines aspects of the cultivation and technologization of listening by applying concepts and methods of sound studies, media theory and musicology. It shows that records and the devices which play them are not playback technologies or passive intermediaries but active mediators and listening technologies which are involved in the constitution of the listener and the music listened to. Such listening devices of popular music built an assemblage of sound, media and auditory practices.
About the Author
Jens Gerrit Papenburg is the Chair of the Theory and History of Popular Music Department at Humboldt University, Germany. He is co-editor of Sound as Popular Culture: A Research Companion (2016).