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Review 'An interesting scholarly account of the rise of early film sound technologies... fascinating in its discussion of how sound practice, particularly in the accounts of film sound engineers, complicates and grounds sound theory.' -- 'Review of Communication''An interesting scholarly account of the rise of early film sound technologies... fascinating in its discussion of how sound practice, particularly in the accounts of film sound engineers, complicates and grounds sound theory.' -- Review of Communication'An interesting scholarly account of the rise of early film sound technologies... fascinating in its discussion of how sound practice, particularly in the accounts of film sound engineers, complicates and grounds sound theory.' -- 'Review of Communication' Read more Review Rigorous, detailed, and compelling. (Mary Anne Doane, Brown University)Rarely has high-flying theory been anchored in such careful research and presented in such clear prose. (Rick Altman, University of Iowa)James Lastra brings complexity, texture, and erudition to the story of the development not just of film sound, but the Big Three of modernity's representational technologies: photography, phonography, and cinema itself. From Edison's 'tone tests' to the 'up-and-downer,' Lastra constructs a history/metahistory of technological devices and practices as negotiated through changing discourses and institutions. His book is a model of intellectual rigor and vigor; its impact will be felt for a long time to come. (Claudia Gorbman, University of Washington - Tacoma) Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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