Some 150 years ago, if you wanted to listen to music, you would have to perform it yourself or be in the presence of musicians.
With Thomas Edison’s phonograph in 1877 came the ability to record music. At that point, the ways that people could be musical changed forever. Humans could artfully organize their musical worlds around recorded music that they did not necessarily create themselves. Full story.
Clint Randles (The Conversation) / June 3, 2016