If you’re looking for some summer reading on music, I must recommend a book called Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music by Greg Milner.
This isn’t some dry, dull book about the technology of recording music. Instead, it’s the story of how we’ve gone about capturing and preserving music so that the final product is actually better than reality. Along the way we learn about the people behind the vinyl record, the tape machine and the studios used to make albums. I learned so much from this one book. It goes a long, long way towards explaining why music is the way it is and why it sounds the way it does.
Brilliant. Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music by Greg Milner.