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The Rise and Decline of Swedish Hifi-Culture

The concept of high fidelity appears in Sweden for the first time in the 1930s. Its use is increasingly spreading from the mid-1950s, when also the abbreviation hi-fi is introduced. Right up to the first decades of the 21st century, high-fidelity/hifi has been used to designate a quality standard for sound reproduction, but it has also come to imply a set of practices, ideas and values associated with the use of sound-reproduction technology.

The aim of the project is to study the emergence and content of these practices, ideas and values, which in summary may be characterized as the ”high-fidelity culture”. The project will also analyze the changes in this hi-fi culture which have taken place over the past three decades, as a result of the introduction of various kinds of digital audio-reproduction technology.

The project is based on material and results from the project manager’s previous project The Cultural History of Music Technology in Sweden.

Project leader: Alf Björnberg
Project duration: 2014-2018
Funding: The Faculty of Arts

Contact Information

Alf Björnberg

PO Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

+46 (0)31-786 4085

Page Manager: Felicia Bigot Klinteberg|Last update: 5/4/2016

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