In Search Of A Concrete Music by Pierre Schaeffer.

Published by University Of California Press, 2012 (244 pages; paperback)

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English translation of the musique concrète pioneer, Pierre Schaeffer’s À la recherche d’une musique concrète.

In Search Of A Concrete Music has been considered a classic text in electroacoustic music and sound recording. Schaeffer’s theories have influenced many composers working with technology. Extending beyond the confines of the studio, they 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.