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Palombini, Carlos

Pierre Schaeffer: from Research into Noises to Experimental Music

1993a

Computer Music Journal: Vol. 17, no. 3. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 14-19.

The development of Pierre Schaeffer’s early creative and theoretical works, through various stages: from the relay-arts (radio and cinema); through research into noises (an early appellation for musique concrète); the making of the five Études de bruits, his musique concrète masterpiece, as well as of Suite 14, Symphonie pour un homme seul (with Pierre Henry) and Orphée (also with Henry); to his conception of an "experimental music", in which a confrontation with elektronische Musik is implicit. Schaeffer’s relation to serial method is summarised as follows: in principle, but not in practice, it is unacceptable to apply serialism to traditional musical material; in principle, but not in practice, it is acceptable to apply serialism to concrete material.

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