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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 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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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 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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  1. 5 out of 5

    Cobertizo

    "Cuando me topo con alguna forma de música electrónica, reacciono como mi padre violinista o mi madre cantante. Somos artesanos. Yo redescubro mi voz, mi violín en esta trastería de madera y latón. en mis bocinas de bicicleta" "Cuando me topo con alguna forma de música electrónica, reacciono como mi padre violinista o mi madre cantante. Somos artesanos. Yo redescubro mi voz, mi violín en esta trastería de madera y latón. en mis bocinas de bicicleta"

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is a really great read by the guy that was arguably the force behind all modern electronic music, popular and otherwise. Pierre Schaeffer was the founder of the Musique Concrete movement. His approach to writing the book was to take his notes from his diary. This creates a very honest and fresh view on the both the development of the movement and the creative process itself.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    It was great to read Mr. Schaeffer's thoughts, but I was hoping it would be more useful for me (I thought there would be more ideas shared I could try out myself). I'm always impressed by the effort so many put in in this field prior to practical digital technology. It was great to read Mr. Schaeffer's thoughts, but I was hoping it would be more useful for me (I thought there would be more ideas shared I could try out myself). I'm always impressed by the effort so many put in in this field prior to practical digital technology.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ola

    You might not agree with Schaeffer in everything, but this journal from the early days of electronic music gives great insights into the thoughts and ideas of one of the true revolutionaries in 20th century music.

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    Terence

    Excellent.

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    Roberto

    Loved it. It's as entertaining as it is insightful. Loved it. It's as entertaining as it is insightful.

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