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Pierre Schaeffer


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Pierre Henri Marie Schaeffer (August 14, 1910–August 19, 1995) was a French composer, noted as the inventor of musique concrète. He is generally acknowledged as being the first composer to make music using magnetic tape.

Schaeffer was born in Nancy. His parents were both engineers, and at first it seemed that Pierre would also take this as a career. He studied at the École Polytechnique and after a stint as a telecommunications engineer in Strasbourg from 1934, he found a job in 1936 at Radiodiffusion Française (RDF) in Paris. It was there that he began to experiment with recorded sounds, convincing the radio station’s management to let him use their equipment. He tried playing sounds backwards, slowing them down, speeding them up and juxtaposing them with other sounds, all techniques which were virtually unknown at that time. His first completed piece as a result of these experiments was the Étude aux chemins de fer (1948) which was made from recordings of trains.

By that time, Schaeffer had founded the Jeune France group, which had interests in theatre and visual art as well as music. In 1942, he co-founded the Studio d’Essai (later known as the Club d’Essai), which played a role in the activities of the French resistance during World War II, and became a centre of musical activity afterwards.


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  • vividserenity

    "i live on the internet" [2] LOL so true. I got here because I saw the phrase musique concrete twice in the same week, which was an unfamiliar term to me. "Musique concrete" wiki article led to "Pierre Schaeffer" wiki article: "was a French composer, writer, broadcaster, engineer, musicologist and acoustician. His innovative work in both the sciences—particularly communications and acoustics—and the various arts of music, literature and radio presentation after the end of World War II, as well as his anti-nuclear activism and cultural criticism garnered him widespread recognition in his lifetime." <<<HAD to check out this guy who sounds like a sophisticated, genius BAMF.

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • BLUEhelicopter


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  • noitseuq5

    i live on the internet

    8 Jun 2013 Reply
  • GiaNXGX

    they are

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • Charles_Heres

    I find these works quite relaxing.

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • SixShooterSam

    Le Trièdre fertile .. fucking PROPPER LP. killer.

    25 Oct 2012 Reply
  • progtrance7

    I studied French for a year but I always sleep in class <---- THAT MEANS I CANNOT SPEAK FRENCH

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Encyclopedique

    love your voice.

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MushroomMammoth

    so fucking ahead of his time

    22 Dec 2011 Reply
  • mahleria


    28 Sep 2011 Reply
  • megajosh2

    I can look up tracks on here but I can't scrobble the vast majority of them unless I happen to come on them through the radio. :(

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Zimmerman333

    Genial, Asombroso, Fantástico, ÚNICO!!!

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • deb2006

    There is very interesting CD out by Bjarni Gunnarsson: "Safn 2006 - 2009". It sounds as if Schaeffer's "things" have started working around. Highly recommended.

    2 Jun 2011 Reply
  • pornogothic

    Scherzo from his "Symphonie pour un homme seul" has blown my brains out.

    17 Mar 2011 Reply
  • ChriSThaaRippeR

    Gorgeous music!

    8 Feb 2011 Reply
  • tim4tw

    why is "Bilude - 1979" not in the top tracks? it's so fuckin' amazing!

    7 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Kor21


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  • DavidDecay

    he's touring! YES!

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • SourDaisy

    Pierre? Kiss me, kiss me, kiss me.

    29 Oct 2010 Reply
  • megajosh2

    Blashpemy! It makes me wanna say garage musique concréte.

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
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