Tuesday, November 20, 2012
"In Search of a Concrete Music" by Pierre Schaeffer
Pierre Schaeffer, one of the great music theorists as well as composer, and the inventor of musique concréte (concrete music) is a remarkable force. I just recently purchased and read his collection of essays and diary called "In Search of a Concrete Music" that is totally focused on this particular type of music. Its music that comes from natural or everyday sounds. Schaeffer, with the instrument of his choice, either a turntable or tape made some real great 'noise.'
When I first picked up the book I was concerned because it had diagrams and music notes - which to an idiot like me is kind of scary. But more then half of the book is a diary that focuses totally on his trial and error of making music in the recording studio. First of all his recordings are absolutely great. Dramatic with a side dish of humor, it is a collection of remarkable sounds.
Schaeffer's book is an important document on what I think is a serious form of music. And I write that with a sense of joy, because what I hear is a sense of discovery, joy, and angst all in the same package. Also for you Beatle fans, Schaeffer is basically the root to Revolution No 9 on the Beatles' White Album. And what would DJ culture be without Schaeffer's thought or skill. Genius.
The Beatles "Revolution No 9"