Friday, April 10, 2015 - 2:00pm
Speed Listening by Blind Readers and the History of Audio Time-Stretching
Talking Books for blind readers spurred the commercialization of mainstream audiobooks after World War II, but the two formats soon diverged in terms of reading strategies. This talk will discuss the cultural imperative for aural speed reading that drove early time-stretching innovations in the magnetic tape era, allowing playback rate to be changed without affecting pitch.
Guest Lecture Series