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Beethoven bepaalde de maximale lengte van een cd

Beethoven bepaalde de maximale lengte van een cd

Fascinerend: hoe de meest trage uitvoering van het favoriete werk (Beethoven’s Negende) van een Sony CEO de maximale lengte van een cd bepaalde:

“Sony had initially preferred a smaller diameter, but soon after the beginning of the collaboration started to argue vehemently for a diameter of 120mm. Sony’s argument was simple and compelling: to maximize the consumer appear of a switch to the new technology, any major piece of music needed to fit on a single CD…Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was quickly identified as the point of reference — according to some accounts, it was the favorite piece of Sony vice-president Norio Ohga’s wife. And thorough research identified the 1951 recording (Spotify) by the orchestra of the Bayreuther Festspiele under Wilhelm Furtwängler, at seventy-four minutes, as the slowest performance of the Ninth Symphony on record. And so, according to the official history, Sony and Philips top executives agreed in their May 1980 meeting that “a diameter of 12 centimeters was required for this playing time.”

bron: marginalrevolution

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Posted by on apr 5, 2011

Matrix van ‘s werelds meest afschuwelijke beroepen

Matrix van ‘s werelds meest afschuwelijke beroepen

“Think your job sucks? Well, consider yourself lucky to be pushing that pencil, or even performing the odd menial, mildly degrading task or two. You could have been a Viking Egg-Collector in Scotland circa the year 900, where you probably would have died long before you ever got promoted to Viking Egg-Manager. Or you could have been a factory worker in China, you know, last year.”

bron: Flavorwire

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