The University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts

MUS 507 - Topics in Music History

In the twenty-first century we have the ability to record, reproduce and consume music using a wide variety of mechanical and digital technologies. We often forget, however, that each one of these technologies has caused profound changes in the ways that music is performed and received. This course will examine the history and cultural significance of musical reproduction and mass distribution. Some of the issues we will discuss will be the development of printed notation, mechanical music, broadcast media, acoustic and electronic recording, digital recording and sampling, questions of authenticity and ownership, copyright law, and internet music trading.