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50 years after its publication in French, Pierre Schaeffer’s In Search of a Concrete Music is translated into English for the first time. Daniela Cascella reviews Schaeffer’s contribution to avant-garde music:

Initially, Schaeffer employed the sound of trains and bells; he soon moved on to producing sounds with a variety of objects, from metal scraps to whirligigs, recording and processing them, therefore preventing the listeners from identifying their sources. Musique concrète also explored the material possibilities of recorded sound: locked grooves and the looping, reversal, and variable speeds of magnetic tape. This was the birth of a new way of making music, and it called for a new way of thinking and writing about it, and of listening.

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lareviewofbooks:

50 years after its publication in French, Pierre Schaeffer’s In Search of a Concrete Music is translated into English for the first time. Daniela Cascella reviews Schaeffer’s contribution to avant-garde music:

Initially, Schaeffer employed the sound of trains and bells; he soon moved on to producing sounds with a variety of objects, from metal scraps to whirligigs, recording and processing them, therefore preventing the listeners from identifying their sources. Musique concrète also explored the material possibilities of recorded sound: locked grooves and the looping, reversal, and variable speeds of magnetic tape. This was the birth of a new way of making music, and it called for a new way of thinking and writing about it, and of listening.

Read more.

huge and lovely…