In this article, the author argues that Pierre Schaeffer’s theories demonstrate that instrumental thought, albeit modified and elaborated, is still apparent in many electroacoustic languages. An imagined instrument can be present during composition and in subsequent performances of the work. In addressing this issue the author explores three Schaefferian concepts concerning timbre, genre and harmonic timbre.
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(English)Dack, John (1994). Pierre Schaeffer and the Significance of Radiophonic Art
Dack, John (1997). Pedagogy and the Studio
Dack, John (1998a). Strategies in the Analysis of Karlheinz Stockhausen's Kontakte für elektronische Klänge, Klavier, und Schlagzeug
Dack, John (1998b). Systematising the Unsystematic
Dack, John (1999a). Karlheinz Stockhausen's Kontakte and Narrativity
Dack, John (1999b). The Creative Power of the Machine
Dack, John (2000). Ludwig Van Henry - An Interview with Pierre Henry
Dack, John (2001). Diffusion as Performance
Dack, John (2002a). Histories and Ideologies of Synthesis
Dack, John (2002b). Abstract and Concrete
Dack, John (2003a). Can the Analogue Past Inform the Digital Present?
Dack, John (2003b). Sound, Installations and Music
Dack, John (2003c). Ear-training using the computer and PROGREMU
Dack, John (2004). 'Open' Forms and the Computer