Pierre Schaeffer - L'œuvre Musicale (1998)
Classical | EAC (APE, CUE & NO CUE) | 625 MB
As the creator of musique concrète
, what Pierre Schaeffer achieved in one broad artistic stroke was a multidimensional redefinition of music. The importance of musique concrète
is twofold. Schaeffer developed the concept of including any and all sounds into the musical vocabulary. It was not enough to simply make the connection between music and audio for the combination to become an effective new aesthetic paradigm. The boundaries of music had to be pushed out to include not just the set of all sounds musical instruments were designed to produce―and not just all the sounds they weren't designed to produce either: his new musical universe also included the utilitarian noises of everyday life, wrested from their familiar context and transposed into novel and astonishing juxtapositions.
"Traditional music is not denied any more than the traditional theater was supplanted by the cinema. Something new has been added, a new art of sound. Am I wrong in calling it music?" ―Pierre Schaeffer
Schaeffer concocted imaginative and surreal sonic atmospheres. With his unbiased ear, he invoked the utterly free imaginal space of our collective sonic psyche. By calling this pastiche of doctored recorded sounds musique, Schaeffer connected the ideas of two formerly separate aesthetic domains: music and audio. At once he transformed the art of recording from a passive enterprise dedicated merely to fidelity and memory into an active artistic medium, capable of digesting and transforming not just all music and all poetry, but all sound into a new sonic art form. The marriage of audio recording technology and musical composition eventually became the new "King of Instruments" because of the musical breadth and power it engendered.