Discussion Post #6

  1. According to Krukowski, what are the main differences between a microphone and a cellphone and why is this difference important?

The main difference between a microphone and a cellphone is with what it relays. A microphone relays back all sound that it receives, through all proximity. A cellphone, however, has a very small range and its main purpose is to allow two parties to talk to one another. This means a microphone has more vocal capabilities when it comes to proximity and emotion.

2. What do Krukowski and Gary Tomlinson, the professor he interviews, assert about the “musical” qualities of the voice and how are these changed by digital transmission?


Our voices are compressed when they are transmitted digitally, this limits the feel of our voice and the emotion that’s carried with it. When the range of our voices and proximity are compressed, the musical qualities of it are lost, and our voices lose the genuine feel of it.


3.  What is the significance of Krukowski’s comments on the voice to ideas about community and interpersonal connection?

The digital transmission has connected the entire world together, where all you need is a device and a connection to speak to anyone, however, over the years, the quality has declined when it comes to the voice that’s transmitted.

Episode 4

  1. Krukowski begins by discussing the issue of music file sharing. What is your opinion on this issue? Should music be freely available or should one have to pay?

I think music should not have to be paid for, the fame and price of performing live should be enough for a musician. Music are the end of the day is just luxury not a necessity, therefore should have the price based by the consumer not the seller.

2.  How does this episode represent the relationships between music, community, and culture?

Music develops culture, which is important to a community’s identity and soul. Music is an expression of people and connects people based on common ideas and struggles.