Peignot, Jérôme


De la musique concrète à l'acousmatique

Esprit, No. 280. Paris: Esprit: 111-123.

Language(s): French


Musique Concrète Historical Electroacoustic Devices Spatialisation Electronic Music Experimental Music


In 1955, Jérôme Peignot and Pierre Schaeffer were the first to use the term acousmatic to define the listening experience of musique concrète. This paper contains two parts. The first part defines musique concrète: its history, what is it? How is it made? The role of early spatialisation experiments. The second part, “The acousmatic and its possibilities”, presents recent musique concrète: its position compared to electronic music, its new name (experimental music), its new music theory and Schaeffer’s theory versus Xenakis’s theory. A glossary of experimental and electronic music terminology completes this article.

Abstract translation(s):


Peignot, Jérôme (1960). De la musique concrète à l'acousmatique