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April 3, 2015, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Speed Listening by Blind Readers and the History of Audio Time-Stretching

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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. In her talk, Mara Mills 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.


Mara Mills is an Asst. Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University.