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Pierre Schaeffer's In Search Of A Concrete Music translated to English for the first time

Pierre Schaeffer's In Search Of A Concrete Music (À La Recherche D'Une Musique Concrète) has been translated to English and will be published in November 2012 by the University of California Press.

Translator and Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University John Dack (who worked with retired Middlesex University French lecturer Christine North) began making translations for his own personal reference, after finding that other translated Schaeffer texts had the wrong language register, meaning Schaeffer often sounded pompous and sometimes muddled.

Dack says: "I realised that if most Anglophone students and scholars read this passage they would probably dismiss Schaeffer and examine his works no further… Christine, like me, has enormous respect for Schaeffer and his intellectual achievements, and these are not recognised widely in the English-speaking world due to the absence of good translations."

More details here.