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Blog 6 Make-Up CB Radio and Cultural Infuence

1 Jun

In Blake’s article, the functions and use of CB radio among the black and white communities is analyzed, bringing forth the different motives, tactics, and ultimately influences that CB radio had on society. What originally started off as a simple form of linear communication, ended up transforming into something much more powerful and cultural during the 1970’s.

The African-American community took advantage of CB radio and transformed it into a new form of communication, one that was able to connect individuals by their racial identities as well as in unique forms of language and speech that gave the African American community a new kind of culture to embrace following the civil rights movements of the 1960’s.  While the United States was still divided in mixing black and white together, CB radio gave the community a chance to reach out to others far and wide as well as near and local and form a connection that helped fuel political stances and emotional reasoning.

 It had never really occurred to me how the sound of hearing another person’s voice over the radio can make me feel. For  African-American’s, hearing a member of their community, a person who had similar characteristics and features must have been very enlightening and powerful since they were not wanted on the radio and were constantly ridiculed, discriminated against, and verbally bashed.

 Despite their unwanted voices being heard, they were heard on channels 5 and 6, eventually renamed the “superbowl.” Now the African-American community had a place where they could listen, laugh and know that they can connect with others through the power of sound. As society and the world continue to change, so does the influence of sound technology such as CB radio on our culture and our individual selves.


Do You Hear What I Hear: Historical Sound Recordings

13 Apr

The reproduction of sound in itself is a monumental achievement. It has allowed us to reconnect with the past by taking a little piece of history and essentially regenerating it for modern day listening. During Davis Seubert’s presentation which included different types of wax cylinders of different colors and sizes as well as a gramophone, we had the opportunity to listen to a sound recording of former president Roosevelt.  Within a matter of minutes, the voice of Roosevelt was ringing through the air, projecting the radiance and confidence of a man decades later into the future.

            I personally have never heard Roosevelt speak before in my lifetime, not even from a video recording or any other form of media. However, by listening to the sound recording brought by David Seubert, I realized that small parts of history are closer than I ever imagined. Thanks to the Cylinder Project, numerous amounts of sound recordings have been collected and stored right here at UC Santa Barbara. I never knew that right here at my own University, a world of sound exists, including memorable moments of history such as Roosevelt publicly speaking.

            The sound recordings that lie within these many cylinders are more than just snippets of conversations or music; they are pieces of history transcribed through sound. While the invention of such recording devices and their components were not invented until the last century or two, the fact that we have been able to collect different recordings of history should not be taken for granted. We have missed out on thousands of years of history that can never be reproduced. That is why I feel that the Cylinder Project and the sound archives that it contains should be preserved and should continue to receive support and recognition.

            While advances in technology and sound have also been great achievements, we must not forget that before we had, as David Seubert stated, boom boxes and itunes and other modern day audio devices, we had good old fashion gramophones and cylinders. This is how our ancestors received their information and how music was played back in the day. It is also how people were able to record small personal aspects of their life such as the cry of an infant or the sounds of animals upon their farm. While recording such as these may seem trivial and meaningless compared to opera performances and speeches of former presidents however, they each have one main thing in common: they are moments in history that can never be physically repeated.