Free Music Friday: Reader Atomic Shadow (Rod Mitchell) let us know about a new album that celebrates musique concrète & the legacy of electronic music pioneer Pierre Schaeffer.
The album, Fifteen Studies of Noises from Pierre Schaeffer, is a compilation album from IFAR, the Institute For Alien Reaserch. This is one in a series of 40 planned musique concrète albums, each with a specific theme. The subject of this album was Pierre Schaeffer – the father of musique concrète.
It’s a free download at bandcamp. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Or did PBS just give conservatives the ultimate ammo for nuking the National Endowment For The Arts?
This video, via the PBS Idea Channel, makes the case that dubstep is the most recent member of the long-established Avant Garde community:
There is a long history of avant garde musicians and thinkers promoting the concept of noise and non-instrumental sounds as MUSIC, much to the horror of their audience. But over the past century, changes in technology and music genres have primed listeners, allowing mainstream audiences to enjoy the beautiful noise of Skrillex, Bassnectar & the whole Dubstep movement.
Synthesist Jean Michel Jarre has a new released coming at the end of May, Essentials and Rarities.
Essentials and Rarities is Jarre’s two-CD tribute to Francis Dreyfus, his producer for 25 years.
Essentials is a selection of tracks from Jarre’s Dreyfus period, covering the albums Oxygene, Equinoxe, Chants Magnétiques and others, digitally remastered by going back to the original analogue master tapes.
Rarities covers mainly material recorded prior to the emergence of Oxygene, some not commercially released, and none ever seen on CD before. At the time, Jarre was a student under Pierre Schaeffer, the creator of Musique Concrète. According to Jarre, ‘experimentation with sounds abounds on these recordings”, which have also been given the same remastering treatment.
This is what electronic music sounded like 60 years ago – Pierre Schaeffer’s Etude Aux Chemins De Fer.
Etude aux Chemins de Fer (Railroad Study), composed in 1948, is an audio mashup of steam engines, whistles, and other railroad sounds. Schaeffer coined the term ‘musique concrète’ to describe this type of electronic music, which was made ‘concretely’ by working directly with sounds on tape,