A Fugue in Cycles and Bels

A Fugue in Cycles and Bels

A Fugue in Cycles and Bels

A Fugue in Cycles and Bels

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This book is written for those who may wish to know what science is doing to music and what it can do for music. Until the first quarter of this century, when the electron was discovered and put to work in the vacuum tube, music had developed with only small contributions from the physical sciences. The electrical arts of communication then supplied apparatus and techniques to increase enormously the size of musical audiences. Radio carries music to millions; improved methods of recording permit its preservation and reproduction long after the original sounds have ceased; and motion pictures are accompanied by music electrically reproduced.

These electrical developments have had great effects socially and economically, and also upon the profession of music. Upon the art, so far, they have not had much effect. Quietly, however, in their own technical advances they have been laying the basis for a revolutionary change in music itself.

This is a matter of possible concern to musicians and music lovers. The revolution, which is inevitable, may be forecast or guided only by those who know with some exactness what electricity can do. This book gives those facts with as little technicality as is possible, emphasizing not how the wheels go round but where they may take us. For the discussion two strange but con-

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