COMPUTER BOOK REVIEW
Title: Website Sound; Patrick Seaman and Jim Cline;
New Riders; ISBN: 1-56205-626-3; Paperback,
435 pages, US$44.99, CAN$63.95, UK£41.49
Reviewer: Glenn Darling, "Whether you want to broadcast
to the world or add audio to your home based business
website, Website Sound is a must read."
Voices on the World Wide Web change history
The reviews are in and Radio B92 from Belgrade is a world
wide hit and a genuine lifesaver. When the voice of the
people in that troubled land was silenced by its dictator,
a new technology took up the torch, website sound.
The voice of the downtrodden went world wide via the
common computer, and it created a backlash that changed
the course of history. The application of sound for your
computer may not be as dramatic but it can be just
Website Sound from authors Patrick Seaman and
Jim Cline takes us to the cutting edge of today's live
and recorded sound. As the business use of the
internet charges full speed into the 21st century, audio
will begin to play an ever increasing role. The end
result should bring balance to a medium presently
dominated by visual artistry.
With this underlying assumption the authors spare
little in explaining the necessary components.
Quite a task when most computer owners aren't
aware of the differences between sound audio
and audio sound.
Seaman and Cline wisely begin by introducing
us to the two major contenders in today's' sound
wars, Content and Technology. What they do
not do, much to their credit, is to attempt to
pick a winner or loser.
The authors exercise much wisdom in transporting
us to the contending camps to introduce, without
bias, the methodologies employed. Then, in
more than adequate depth, they allow us to
discover how computer audio sound works
and how to implement it on our website.
Patrick Seaman correctly asserts that computer
sound is still primarily virgin territory. It is
fraught with the growing pains created by the
same combatants that fuel the fires of free
enterprise, competition. According to Jim
Cline web audio will run the same gauntlet
that VHS and Betamax endured.
One should keep in mind that the eventual winner
isn't always the best competitor. What is vital,
new, and exciting today will become obsolete
tomorrow. The computer world knows this
only too well.
If to do is to learn, this book is about as "hands
on" as you're going to get. The wealth of
information surrounding the application
of audio sound is more than enough to make
a web presence that is the envy of any site
Seaman and Cline have an almost gleeful attitude
about the possibilities of applying sound to your
site. Which perhaps isn't so strange in light of the
fact that two billion people are expected to be
on the internet in the next century. If you're doing
business, you'll need every advantage.
This is where Website Sound shines. One could
almost assert that this 435 page book is the
definitive guide. It is certainly one of the most
rewarding explorations into the vastly expanding
world of sound for computers.
Whether you want to broadcast to the world
or add audio to your home based business
site, Website Sound is a must read.
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