47 Moholy Nagy

Basically, Moholy-Nagy is analyzing the phonograph on a different paradigm (for his time anyways). He's predicting and theorizing the use of recording techniques not only for reproductive processes, but for productive process. One of his ideas is the human inscription of a wax record, creating new tonalities without recording anything. This sort of idea seems to be a philosophical predecessor to synthesizers. The whole article is more or less a vision of auxiliary uses for the phonograph recorder. He talks about the potential of blowing up a record to a huge size so that humans can accurately craft them, and then shrink them back to an appropriate size. This was very interesting because it is a source from the early years of recorded music and predicts it's potential uses in the future.

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