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The importance of noise

Author and broadcaster David Hepworth discusses pop music's struggles with authenticity, looking at the importance of volume and the difference between signal and noise.

Author and broadcaster David Hepworth discusses pop music's struggles with authenticity.

3/5. Teenagers flocked to see The Blackboard Jungle in 1956 because it was the only way you could hear Rock Around The Clock loud. High volume drives distortion which is what makes rock music exciting. What's the difference between signal and noise?

A Trevor Dann's Company production for BBC Radio 3.

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