Risset, Jean-Claude

2004

The liberation of sound, art-science and the digital domain: contacts with Edgard Varèse

Contemporary Music Review: Vol. 23, no. 2. London: Routledge: 27-54.

URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/07494467.asp

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Interdisciplinary Studies Formalism Electroacoustic Instruments Socio-Cultural Aspects of Electroacoustic Music Computer Music Organised Sound

Abstract:

Edgard Varèse insisted that the same poetic impulse could move the composer and the scientist, and he strongly advocated the synergy between art and science. Music has been at the forefront of many advances in the field of science and technology - including the implementation of new uses of the computer. In this article, the author recalls historical instances where music was an influential inspiration for the developments of science and technology, rather than a mere field of application. He discusses how Varèse pioneered the extension of compositional activity to the elaboration of sound - composing the sounds themselves, rather than merely composing with sounds; he then relates this trend to the context of 20th-century music. He then offers some recollections of meetings and discussions with Varèse, and after the evocation of two evenings in tribute to Varèse and his living ideas, he concludes with reflections on art-science and music research, activities called for by Varèse, in the context of present day society.

All references of the same author:

(English)

Risset, Jean-Claude (1969). L'ordinateur, instrument de musique
Risset, Jean-Claude (1971). Synthesis of Sound by Computer and Problems concerning Timbre
Risset, Jean-Claude (1975). Musique et informatique
Risset, Jean-Claude (1978). Concerning the Synthesis of Musical Sounds by Computer
RISSET, Jean-Claude (1982). Tecniche digitali del suono: influenza attuale e prospettive future in campo musicale (Digital sound techniques: current influences and future perspectives in music)
Risset, Jean-Claude (1985a). Computer Music Experiments 1964-
Risset, Jean-Claude (1985b). Digital Techniques and Sound Structure in Music
Risset, Jean-Claude (1985c). Le compositeur et ses machines. De la recherche musicale
Risset, Jean-Claude (1985d). Musique et perception
Risset, Jean-Claude (1986a). Timbre et synthèse des sons
RISSET, Jean-Claude (1986b). Arte e scienza: musica elettroacustica numerica (Arts and Science: Digital electroacoustic music)
Risset, Jean-Claude (1990). Composer le son: expérience avec l'ordinateur, 1964-1989
Risset, Jean-Claude (1991a). Some Comments About Future Music Machines
Risset, Jean-Claude (1991b). Timbre, Analysis by Synthesis: Representations, Imitations, and Variants for Musical Composition
Risset, Jean-Claude (1992a). Composing Sounds with Computers
Risset, Jean-Claude (1992b). The Computer as an Interface: Interlacing Instruments and Computer Sounds; Real-time and Delayed Synthesis; Digital Synthesis and Processing, Composition and Performance
Risset, Jean-Claude (1993). Synthèse et matériau musical
Risset, Jean-Claude (1994). Sculpting Sounds with Computers: Music, Science, Technology
Risset, Jean-Claude (1995). A few Remarks on Electroacoustic Music
Risset, Jean-Claude (1996a). Problems of Analysis and Computer Music
Risset, Jean-Claude (1996b). Real-World Sounds and Simulacra in my Computer Music
Risset, Jean-Claude (1998). Quelques observations sur l'espace et la musique aujourd'hui
Risset, Jean-Claude (1999a). Composing in Real-time?
Risset, Jean-Claude (1999b). Pierre Schaeffer : recherche et création musicales et radiophoniques
Risset, Jean-Claude (1999c). Évolution des outils de création sonore
Risset, Jean-Claude (1999d). Nouveaux gestes musicaux : quelques points de repère historique
Risset, Jean-Claude (2000). Temps et musique numérique
Risset, Jean-Claude (2001a). Synthèse et traitements des sons: sur la composition de Sud
Risset, Jean-Claude (2001b). Problèmes posés par l'analyse d'œuvres musicales dont la réalisation fait appel à l'informatique
Risset, Jean-Claude (2002). Examples of the Musical Use of Digital Audio Effects
Risset, Jean-Claude (2003). Computer Music: Why?
Risset, Jean-Claude (2005). Quelques points de vue sur l'invisible
Risset, Jean-Claude (2005a). Sur l'impact de l'œuvre scientifique, technique et musicale de John Chowning
Risset, Jean-Claude (2005b). Horacio Vaggione: Towards a Syntax of Sound

(Français)

Risset, Jean-Claude (1969). L'ordinateur, instrument de musique
Risset, Jean-Claude (1975). Musique et informatique
Risset, Jean-Claude (1985c). Le compositeur et ses machines. De la recherche musicale
Risset, Jean-Claude (1985d). Musique et perception
Risset, Jean-Claude (1986). Timbre et synthèse des sons
Risset, Jean-Claude (1990). Composer le son : expérience avec l'ordinateur, 1964-1989
Risset, Jean-Claude (1993). Synthèse et matériau musical
Risset, Jean-Claude (1998). Quelques observations sur l'espace et la musique aujourd'hui
Risset, Jean-Claude (1999b). Pierre Schaeffer : recherche et création musicales et radiophoniques
Risset, Jean-Claude (1999c). Évolution des outils de création sonore
Risset, Jean-Claude (1999d). Nouveaux gestes musicaux : quelques points de repère historique
Risset, Jean-Claude (2001a). Synthèse et traitements des sons : sur la composition de Sud
Risset, Jean-Claude (2001b). Problèmes posés par l'analyse d'œuvres musicales dont la réalisation fait appel à l'informatique
Risset, Jean-Claude (2005). Quelques points de vue sur l'invisible
Risset, Jean-Claude (2005a). Sur l'impact de l'œuvre scientifique, technique et musicale de John Chowning

(Italiano)

RISSET, Jean-Claude (1982). Tecniche digitali del suono: influenza attuale e prospettive future in campo musicale
RISSET, Jean-Claude (1986b). Arte e scienza: musica elettroacustica numerica