In Search of a Concrete Music

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Univ of California Press, Nov 26, 2012 - Music - 225 pages
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Pierre Schaeffer’s In Search of a Concrete Music (À la recherche d’une musique concrète) has long been considered a classic text in electroacoustic music and sound recording. Now Schaeffer’s pioneering work—at once a journal of his experiments in sound composition and a treatise on the raison d’être of “concrete music”—is available for the first time in English translation. Schaeffer’s theories have had a profound influence on composers working with technology. However, they extend beyond the confines of the studio and are applicable to many areas of contemporary musical thought, such as defining an ‘instrument’ and classifying sounds. Schaeffer has also become increasingly relevant to DJs and hip-hop producers as well as sound-based media artists. This unique book is essential for anyone interested in contemporary musicology or media history.
 

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In Search of a Concrete Music is comprised of four parts: 1 - First Journal of Concrete Music (1948-49) 2 - Second Journal of Concrete Music (1950-51) 3 - The Concrete Experiment in Music (1952) Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1
5
Chapter 2
11
Chapter
14
Chapter 3
23
Chapter 4
31
Chapter 6
47
Chapter 7
61
Chapter 8
69
Chapter 9
78
Chapter 11
90
Chapter 12
97
OUTLINE OF A CONCRETE
189
Index of Names and Titles
223
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About the author (2012)

Composer Pierre Schaeffer (1910-1995) was the inventor of musique concrète music created by combining and manipulating recorded sounds (rather than being played on conventional musical instruments).

Translators:
John Dack is Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Sonic Arts Department at Middlesex University. Christine North is retired as Lecturer in French at Middlesex University.

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