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History of sound recording
The following offer excellent overviews of the history of recorded sound. They examine the technological advances in sound recording, from its inception to today's digital environment; the sound recording industry; and finally the impact recorded sound has had on performance practice. A number of other resources have been published that go into greater detail about particular record labels, formats, or time periods, but the ones below are suggested as starting points as they cover the topic more broadly.
The Archive of Recorded Sound holds the majority of discographies ever committed to print. Each publication presents inventories of recordings, commonly arranged either by record label, artist, genre, or time period.