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How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks

How to Wreck a Nice Beach: The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop, The Machine Speaks - Dave Tompkins Explores a weird place where military encryption, cellphones, Eurotrash and hip-hop converge. Unfortunately, the author is no techie, surely a requirement to write anything like a definitive history of a very technical piece of gear. He also spends far more time on some marginal figures in urban culture at the expense of the people who actually developed and used these things.


On the plus side, the writing is very good, laugh-out-loud funny in parts.