The New Analog

The New Analog

Listening and Reconnecting in A Digital World

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What John Berger did to ways of seeing, well-known indie musician Damon Krukowski does to ways of listening in this lively guide to the transition from analog to digital culture

Having made his name in the late 1980s as a founding member of the indie band Galaxie 500, Damon Krukowski has watched cultural life lurch from analog to digital. And as an artist who has weathered the transition, he has challenging, urgent questions for both creators and consumers about what we have thrown away in the shift to a digital society: Are our new streaming services undermining our ability to incubate new talent? Are our digital devices turning us into zombies who are lost in our own headspace even as they put whole catalogues at our fingertips?

Rather than rejecting the digital disruption of cultural life, however, Krukowski wants instead to reexamine what we have lost as a technological culture, looking carefully at what was valuable in the analog realm so we can hold onto it. Using a series of processes from the recording studio that have changed since the analog era--headspace, proximity effect, real time, noise, and distortion--as a basis for a broader exploration of contemporary culture, Krukowski gives us a brilliant meditation and guide to keeping our heads amid the digital flux, and for plugging in without tuning out.
Publisher: New York :, The New Press,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781620971970
1620971976
Branch Call Number: 781.11 Krukowsk 04/2017
Characteristics: 224 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm

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JCLBryanV May 15, 2017

A book not only about what we mean when we say 'digital' and 'analog' but also about what it means to listen, "The New Analog" is immensely readable and fun. Damon Krakowski, himself a musician (Galaxy 500 and Damon and Naomi), is a terrific scholar of the history of recorded sound and... Read More »


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JCLBryanV May 15, 2017

A book not only about what we mean when we say 'digital' and 'analog' but also about what it means to listen, "The New Analog" is immensely readable and fun. Damon Krakowski, himself a musician (Galaxy 500 and Damon and Naomi), is a terrific scholar of the history of recorded sound and sound technologies, reveling in the technical details but never once abandoning this reader's interest. I love his examination of mono versus stereo, using "Pet Sounds" and "Revolver" as touchstones for larger arguments about what it means to listen to these and other records. I'll be reading this book multiple times for sure

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