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This Business of Ringtones: The Unstable Value Chain and Accumulation of Capital by Rent in the Global Ringtone Industry

Sumanth Gopinath

in The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780262019156
eISBN:
9780262315081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019156.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

A history of the development of the ringtone industry is provided in this chapter, with a particular focus on its technological advances, including the changes from monophonic and polyphonic ... More


The Characteristics of Digital Audio

Peter Manning

in Electronic and Computer Music

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199746392
eISBN:
9780199332496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746392.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition, Popular

This chapter discusses the development of digital audio. It shows that the ultimate constraints to fidelity are determined by two primary factors: first, the sampling rate, which determines the audio ... More


‘Visual’ Sound Design: The Sonic Continuum

K. J. Donnelly

in Occult Aesthetics: Synchronization in Sound Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199773497
eISBN:
9780199358816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199773497.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

This chapter points to aesthetics developments that are partly inspired by technological developments (particularly the move from analogue to digital sound). Increasingly, film sound effects work ... More


Timeline (sonic)

Steve Goodman

in Software Studies: A Lexicon

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262062749
eISBN:
9780262273343
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.003.0037
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

This chapter starts with the contemporary and the generalized definitions of the timeline; it then shifts its focus to the sampling and coding of the digital sound via spatialization of time. The ... More


Left Behind: Case Studies of Decline and Recapitulation in the Ringtone as Representation

Sumanth Gopinath

in The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780262019156
eISBN:
9780262315081
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019156.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

What happens when to an older technological form that is supplanted when a newer one is incorporated into everyday social life in its place? This chapter addresses that question, and in the case of ... More


The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form

Sumanth Gopinath

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780262019156
eISBN:
9780262315081
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262019156.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

A decade ago, the customizable ringtone was ubiquitous. Almost any crowd of cell phone owners could produce a carillon of tinkly, beeping, synthy, musicalized ringer signals. Ringtones quickly became ... More


“Close My Body Now”: Bond’s Traumas and the Compulsion to Repeat

Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold

in The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190234522
eISBN:
9780190234553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190234522.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

2002’s Die Another Day was the first Bond film in decades to seriously tweak the Bond-song formula. Madonna’s song set a new tone for the genre: hers is the first in which the singer narrates from ... More


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