Tuesday, June 30, 2015

More Electronic Music History Musique Concrète

If you read the history of electronic music, you might see that Pierre Schaeffer's 1948 Études aux chemins de fer (Study for Rail Road Trains) is the first piece of Musique concrète, editing, manipulating and reassembling taped samples of sound into a musical structure.

It's arguable that that line of music began earlier than that, in that case, certainly including the Candian animator, Normal McLaren's animations in which he created a sound track by drawing on the sound recording portion of the film. Here is his Dots from 1940

Synchromy 1971

And, just for fun, the earliest recorded sound, recording sound waves on paper, which had to wait for computers to be heard.

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