Technical Problems

 One facet of music that's often un­acknowledged is that technology has a large effect on it, not merely on the creation of music (i.e., through the development of new or somehow mod­ified instruments), but on it's reception. For example, in 1948 John Bardeen, William Shockley, and Walter Brattain invented the transistor. By the mid-50's, the transistor made its way into portable radios. This period, of course, saw the advent of people like Elvis, Bill Haley, and DJ Alan Freed. Unlike the large, home-based vacuum-tube radios, tran­sistor radios featured small, lousy speakers that emitted all types of music with a tinny sound. Rock and roll was, due to its very structure and the technique with which it was recorded, little affected by the radios' acoustic limitations. Consequently, a correlation between the number of transistor radios sold and the rise in popularity of rock and roll music could, no doubt, be charted. Classical music, in those days, was considered to be "high-fidelity" music, something that was not played on a teenager's hi-fi set. Moreover, except for programs like Texaco-sponsored Saturday afternoon...

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