The Ongoing History of New Music, episode 902: The story of stereo, part 2

We are always pouring sound into our heads, whether we’re using some kind of speakers or wearing headphones. And I’m going to make a guess here, but I assume that most people demand a certain level of audio quality to whatever it is they’re listening to. You don’t want distortion and you expect a certain level of sonic realism.

In other words, you want to be able to close your eyes and feel the music around you. You want to be immersed in it. These sensations, as important as they are to our enjoyment of music, are now taken for granted.

But the technological journey that led us to enjoy music this way took decades. Along the way, there were many twists and turns, false starts, and dead ends, promising leads, and utter failures.

This is the story of stereo, part 2.

Songs heard on this show:

  • Sweet Fix, FM Radio
  • REM, Radio Song
  • Hajimeinoue, Quadraphonic
  • U2, Desire
  • Pavement, Stereo
  • The Mounties, Headphones

Of course, there’s the usual useful playlist provided by Eric Wilhite.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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