Honors Program Theses


Open Access Honors Program Thesis

First Advisor

Chris Merz


Over the past hundred or so years, the music industry has seen lots of change in the way that music is made, played, and displayed. With the advancement of recording technology, societal influence, and musicianship we see a plethora of different genres, as well as mediums of listening in today's world. This thesis discusses the different modes of recording, from LP to streaming services, and comments on the sonic characteristics of numerous recordings from different genres and eras. This thesis also compares and contrasts certain aspects of professional level audio and consumer level audio, as well as sonic biases in them both. The central theme of this thesis, however, is the reduction of audio quality throughout the industry process when the original master recordings are encoded into a digital format. This process pulls away from the brilliance of an original recording, and displays the importance of respecting the craftsmanship of the artist as well as the engineers.

Year of Submission



School of Music

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


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