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Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture

Jeremy Wade Morris



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University of California Press
15 September 2015
Popular culture; Media studies; Music industry; Digital music: consumer&user guides
Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture documents the transition of recorded music on CDs to music as digital files on computers. More than two decades after the first digital music files began circulating in online archives and playing through new software media players, we have yet to fully internalize the cultural and aesthetic consequences of these shifts. Tracing the emergence of what Jeremy Wade Morris calls the digital music commodity, Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture considers how a conflicted assemblage of technologies, users, and industries helped reformat popular music's meanings and uses. Through case studies of five key technologies - Winamp, metadata, Napster, iTunes, and cloud computing - this book explores how music listeners gradually came to understand computers and digital files as suitable replacements for their stereos and CD. Morris connects industrial production, popular culture, technology, and commerce in a narrative involving the aesthetics of music and computers, and the labor of producers and everyday users, as well as the value that listeners make and take from digital objects and cultural goods. Above all, Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture is a sounding out of music's encounters with the interfaces, metadata, and algorithms of digital culture and of why the shifting form of the music commodity matters for the music and other media we love.
By:   Jeremy Wade Morris
Imprint:   University of California Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   318g
ISBN:   9780520287945
ISBN 10:   0520287940
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   15 September 2015
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified
1. Introduction.- 2. Classical Description of Interference Phenomena in Radiation.- 2.1 The Classical Oscillator Model of Atomic Emission.- 2.2 A Classical Oscillator in a Magnetic Field.- 2.3 Emission from an Oscillator in a Magnetic Field.- 2.4 Emission from an Ensemble of Oscillators.- 2.5 Beats in Intensity.- 2.6 The Hanle Effect.- 2.7 Combination of Hanle Effect and Quantum Beats.- 2.8 Beat Resonances.- 2.9 Parametric Resonance.- 2.10 Conclusion.- 3. Quantum Mechanical Description of Interference Phenomena.- 3.1 The Density Matrix.- 3.2 Derivation of the Density Matrix of Ensembles of Excited States from the Wave Equation.- 3.3 The Equation of Motion of the Density Matrix.- 3.4 Spontaneous Emission.- 3.5 Limits of the Density Matrix Apparatus. The Scattering Matrix.- 3.6 Interference Signals.- 3.7 The Radiation Pattern and Polarization for Transitions Between Eigenstates of the Angular Momentum Operator.- 3.8 Influence of Interference Between States on the Polarization of Spontaneous Radiation.- 3.9 Redistribution of Radiated Energy Due to the Interference of Quantum States.- 3.10 Some Results from the Formalism of Irreducible Tensor Operators.- 3.11 Radiation Polarization in the Statistical Tensor Formalism Comparison of the Conclusions of Quantum Mechanical and Classical Approaches.- 3.12 Biaxial Alignment.- 3.13 Level Anti-crossings.- 3.14 Interference Phenomena in Magnetic Resonance.- 3.15 Application of Interference Signals.- 4. Experimental Observation of Interference Signals.- 4.1 Basic Experimental Scheme.- 4.2 Ensembles of Particles.- 4.3 Techniques for Inducing Coherence.- 4.4 Observation of Interference Phenomena.- 4.5 Hanle Effect in Atoms in the Ground State.- 4.6 Manifestation of the Interference of States in Collisions.- 4.7 Quantum Beats upon Pulse Excitation.- 4.8 Coherent Resonances.- 4.9 Other Resonances.- 4.10 Self-Alignment of Atomic States in a Plasma.- 4.11 Hidden Alignment.- 4.12 Self-Orientation.- 4.13 Interference of Atomic States in Astrophysics.- 4.14 Cascaded Transitions.- 4.15 Diffusion of Radiation.- 4.16 Influence of the Laboratory Magnetic Field on the Hanle Signal Shape. False Hanle Signals.- 4.17 Spectral Content of the Exciting Light and Absorption Line Profile.- 4.18 Faraday Rotation.- 4.19 Hanle Effect Due to Excitation That Is Random with Time.- 4.20 Polarization of Atomic Fluorescence in a Flame.- 4.21 Detection of the Polarization Moments by Radioactivity.- 4.22 Use of the Polarization Moments for Improving the Accuracy of Nonlinear Spectroscopic Techniques.- 4.23 Conclusion.- 5. Calculation of Interference Signals.- 5.1 An Atom in a Magnetic Field.- 5.2 The Hyperfine Structure.- 5.3 The Magnetic Dipole Interaction Constant.- 5.4 Quadrupole Interaction Between a Nucleus and an Electron Shell.- 5.5 Transition Matrix Elements of the Electric Dipole Moment.- 5.6 Eigenpolarizations of Transitions.- 5.7 Matrix Elements of the Dipole Transition Between States with Hyperfine Structure.- 5.8 The Stark Effect.- 5.9 Atoms with Nonzero Nuclear Spin in External Fields.- 5.10 Perturbation Operators and Their Matrix Elements.- 5.11 The Zeeman Effect in Atoms with Hyperfine Structure.- 5.12 The Paschen-Back Effect.- 5.13 Hyperfine Splitting in a Weak Magnetic Field.- 5.14 The Stark Effect in Atoms with Hyperfine Structure in a Weak Electric Field.- 5.15 The Stark Effect in Atoms with Hyperfine Structure in Intermediate Fields.- 5.16 Splitting of Atomic Levels with Hyperfine Structure in a Strong Electric Field.- 5.17 Behaviour of Atoms in Combined Fields.- References.

Jeremy Wade Morris is Assistant Professor of Media and Cultural Studies in the department of communication arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has published in New Media & Society, Critical Studies in Media Communication, First Monday, and various edited collections on music and technology.

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