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Dissertation

Between air and electricity : microphones and loudspeakers as musical instruments

This thesis investigated how microphones and loudspeakers could become musical instruments.

Author
Cathy van Eck
Date
17 December 2013
Links
Full text available in Leiden Repository

Cathy van Eck's research takes the artistic use of the devices that bring sound waves into electricity and back as its central focus point; they are commonly called microphones and loudspeakers. From the 1950s on, microphones and loudspeakers started to play a crucial role not only in the mere reproduction of sound, but also in the creation of music.

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