The microphone's function as a tool for singers to create a sense of intimacy with the audience is the focus of this clip from Soundbreaking. Bing Crosby's use of the microphone was particularly compelling in this way. Before the microphone, amplification tools like horns and loudspeakers prevented singers from truly expressing a full range of emotions.
This video is part of a lesson plan called Microphones and Modern Life: A Listening Revolution. Find more resources in the Soundbreaking collection.