Composer, writer, and electronic engineer Pierre Schaeffer (1910–1995) was the inventor of musique concrète—music created by combining and manipulating recorded sounds, rather than being played on conventional musical instruments.
Christine North is a translator of French poetry and academic texts.
John Dack is Senior Lecturer in Music and Technology at Middlesex University.
“One striking impression that emerges from reading this book is that [Schaeffer’s] work merits a perspective with greater nuance.” - Times Higher Education
“Recommended.” - J. Behrens, Wolf Museum of Music and Art, Choice
“Collects Schaeffer’s journals and other writings about his musique concrete, which he created by manipulating recorded sounds.” - Harper’s
“One of the postwar perìod’s most significant (and readable) grapplings with new artistic paradigms.” - Rob Young, Frieze
“Completely changed how I hear the world and, after more than 30 years, I am still living with the consequences.” - John Dack, The Wire
“Captures these uneven rhythms of intuition and perplexity, and his imagination and wit.” - Los Angeles Review Of Books