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Pop music history is filled with musicians who are too quirky and unusual to appeal to a the usual mass listening audience, so it's about time they received their own allocates in a title such as Lost In The Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide To The Music You Missed by Kim Cooper & David Smay, Editors (0415969980, $19.95). These musicians don't fit into neat categories but had their own strong influence on the pop music world--and there are a few notables, too, chose lesser-known works are profiled. Music trivia fans who enjoy the offbeat and odd get all the stories behind these selected notables-but-not-greats. Highly recommended. William Duckworth's Virtual Music (041596-6752, $24.95) could have been featured in our Computer Corner area but is reviewed here for its strong study of how music came to the Web as a blend of interactive sound bytes, and how it moved into cell phones and now iTunes. This history covers everything from file sharing and the creation of one of the first interactive works of music and art on the web by composer/musician Duckworth to the possibilities of nanotechnology and controversial new musics developing in the online world only. An intriguing survey of the science and musics of sound in a new environment.
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Title Annotation:Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed; Virtual Music
Publication:The Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Dec 1, 2005
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