Recording Technology 1920- 1960
The only way to hear music was to go to a live event
By 1920 the gramophone record was the main way of bringing the music to an audience
Recording was an acoustic process using a large recording horn to capture the vibrations of the sound onto a wax disk
Early recordings were then copied onto shellac disks
Problems of early recording included musical balance (soloists had to be closest to the horn in order to be heard, resulting in other instruments being lost) and an inability to capture high and low frequencies
The first microphones were developed after 1925, meaning electrical recording replaced the old acoustic recording methods.