Palombini, Carlos


Pierre Schaeffer, 1953: towards an Experimental Music

Music and Letters: Vol. 74, No. 4. Oxford: Oxford University Press: 547-557.


Language(s): English


Musique Concrète Schaefferian Theory Serialism Sound Source Listening Experience Timbre Electroacoustic Music Tape Music


In this article, the author presents an analysis of the relationship between Pierre Schaeffer and the musical avant-garde of 1953, with particular reference to Pierre Boulez and to Schaeffer’s shift from musique concrète to recherche musicale. The main source is Schaeffer’s ’Vers une musique expérimentale’; extensive excerpts are translated here into English. The antagonism between the Paris and Cologne studios is discussed in the light of two different approaches to technology and tradition; for the exponents of elektronische Musik new technology was a means to perfect Western music, while for Schaeffer it was simply a means to make new musical discoveries.

All references of the same author:


Palombini, Carlos (1993a). Pierre Schaeffer: from Research into Noises to Experimental Music
Palombini, Carlos (1993b). Pierre Schaeffer's Typo-Morphology of Sonic Objects
Palombini, Carlos (1998). Technology and Pierre Schaeffer: Pierre Schaeffer's Arts-Relais, Walter Benjamin's technische Reproduzierbarkeit and Martin Heidergger's Ge-stell
Palombini, Carlos (1998b). Pierre Schaeffer, 1953: Towards an Experimental Music
Palombini, Carlos (1999). Retorno a la música concreta (Return to Concrete Music)
Palombini, Carlos (2000). The Brazilian Group for Computer Music Research: A Proto-History
Palombini, Carlos (2001). Ideas for a Musicology of Electroacoustic Musics: Notes to a Reading of Landy
Palombini, Carlos (2001a). Pierre Schaeffer: a Survey of the Literature
Palombini, Carlos (2002). Musique Concrète Revisited


Palombini, Carlos (1999). Retorno a la música concreta