Top 10 Books by Pierre Schaeffer

 

Discussion of French music of the time of 20th century cannot be completed without talking about Pierre Schaeffer (14 August 1910—19August 1995). When talking about his niche, include as a French composer, musician,  writer.

Communications and acoustics were his innovative work and sciences. The end of world war was his rising era when he presented various arts and music along with his radio presentations which bought him with the title of the polymath. The main reason which gathered him lifetime appraisal was his cultural criticism and work as a anti-nuclear activist.

 

In Search of a Concrete Music

this book gives an overview how musical records were manipulated in terms of fetching upgraded version of musical records. He gave a significant creation which is grapple of new arts of that era.

Read it For:
the ability of an author to amalgamate great perspective merits with his greater tone which is very resembling his intuition
Don't Read it For:
The creation of this book greatly inherit the era and scenario of the situation of world war.
What makes this book stand out?:
this is one the books that carry the precision of thoughts and concepts behind the rise of very special music.

Traite des objects musicaux

in this book Pierre Schaeffer takes music as an architecture which evolves as along with nature and man.the author aims at presenting music in very objective form and presents various aspects of its different forms.

Read it For:
the author over here presents music in the form of linguistic, philosophical, historical and methodological which was quite at par level compared to other creation of that time.
Don't Read it For:
the author over here shows the very peculiar view of music creation which may overshadow traditional music theory.
What makes this book stand out?:
this one of its type of book that tries to solve the mystery and directly confront to the ambitions of musical artists.

Treatise on Musical Objects: An Essay across Disciplines

this is one of the masterpieces of its creation which in turn try to plot the relationship between music and technology along with author try to amalgamate and present his experience in radio broadcasting and recording studios.

Read it For:
the quality which makes this book with the specialty is an ability of an author to bring out the real, relationship between technology and music composition.
Don't Read it For:
the reader must abstain himself from reading this books if physiology and philosophy of music with objects do not please him.
What makes this book stand out?:
it is one of its kind of book that brings out the insights and developments of music in 20 the century of Europe.

Tratado De Los Objetos Musicales

the creation of Tratado of the musical object's author brings out the general principles and perception of music and its components. This book gives a groundbreaking and monumental study of music and its components which gives it at par position to other books of this genre

Read it For:
this is the seminal text which is absolutely crucial for ones with curious minds about music, sounds, and experience of listening and understanding various aspects of music.
Don't Read it For:
this creation is primarily focused on elite group musicians, scholars, and practitioners who are well accustomed to various aspects of music.
What makes this book stand out?:
the fascinating feature of this text is that it doesn't confine itself to a specific discipline as it covers electroacoustic composition, sound studies, media theory, music theory which text may fail to inculcate in them.
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Machines a communiqué

Schaeffer's attachment to radiophonic art can be greatly seen in this text. The conclusion of the Machines a communiqué greatly resemble that radiophonic art inculcated through music which shows his dedication towards music.

Read it For:
the author over here aims at providing an environment in which relationship can be investigated between listening subject and perception of the listener. The gap present in human thinking and music was fulfilled by this book which was earlier focused on knowledge.
Don't Read it For:
author in this book aims at providing transcendence of the object which makes it looks like to provide an exuberant level of music which many music initiators would be not able to connect with.
What makes this book stand out?:
in background Schaeffer aims at providing an experience of transcendence and totally and efficiently grasp out causes to achieve transcendence of music.

Prelude choral et fugue

the transcendence of 20th century witnessed a remarkable change in perception towards instrumental music and expressing music took quite broader range. The books of this era are totally composed of the amalgamation of sentiments and yearning along with the music.

Read it For:
as the aesthetic part is not the only factor to understand music and so do author over here prevents from alienating music to its socio-culture contexts.
Don't Read it For:
only the artists having their niche in music and its contemporary history will able to recollect instances mentioned by author one mentioned about structuralism.
What makes this book stand out?:
the book aims at delivering a unique nature of structuralism which explains social forms of unconsciousness and underlying patterns of music.

Excusez-moi, he Meurs(French Edition)

the author of this book takes his leap step at analyzing and experimenting complex and synthetic sounds which lead to the origination of fore, ost listening and then conceptualizing. A new way of understanding and expressing music along with phenomenon of philosophy was brought up.

Read it For:
to know the insights and discussions with rest contemporaries in the studio of fifties, which describes a different context of overall thoughts
Don't Read it For:
the writer views can not as fascinating as having no interest in music development and its history.
What makes this book stand out?:
the evolution of electroacoustic was a great leap in musical developments of France in the 20th century.

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