what phenomenon is drawn out in the text
- the creation and popularization of the MP3 format.
the main empirical evidence is the format itself
it's all of these things: social process, cultural/political-economic shift, etc.
corporate histories (sony example), scientific research paradigm (perceptual techics), experiment design, technologies, "normality", modes of listening
where is it located?
Western: US/Europe, 20th century
Commerce, Technology, Culture
specific: history perceptual technics 1920s -
Compression History: can be extended back centuries and into the future: "there will never be a post compression era"
micros: ears and models of ears, audio equipment, bits
mess: research practices, paradigms, concepts of listening,
macro: standards, norms, on a social levels, infrastructure
who are the players
industry (many types: traditional commodity and), engineers, research subjects, listeners and users, expert listeners, casual listeners, artists, pirates, file-sharers
last chapter speaks towards changes in relationship between music consumers and the industries that profit from music consumption.