Palombini, Carlos


Technology and Pierre Schaeffer: Pierre Schaeffer's Arts-Relais, Walter Benjamin's technische Reproduzierbarkeit and Martin Heidergger's Ge-stell

Organised Sound: Vol. 3, no. 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 35-43.


Language(s): English


Schaefferian Theory Philosophy Of Music


Pierre Schaeffer’s notion of Arts-Relais highlights aesthetic fissures in the passage from manual to mechanical techniques of sound production, fixation and reproduction. The Arts-Relais ‘instrument’ is a case of what Walter Benjamin terms technische Reproduzierbarkeit, and there is a close resemblance between the two roles of that instrument and the two manifestations of technische Reproduzierbarkeit as expounded by Benjamin. Furthermore, the Arts-Relais instrument materialises the shift from ‘older handwork technology’ to that technology which, in the words of Martin Heidegger, unlocks, transforms, stores up, distributes and switches about the energies of nature, and whose essence he terms Ge-stell. As befits an Homage to Schaeffer, this essay improvises ‘new uses for things originally meant for something else’ (Schaeffer and Hodgkinson), according to the rule of bricolage.

All references of the same author:


Palombini, Carlos (1993). Pierre Schaeffer, 1953: towards an Experimental Music
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 (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

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