Composer 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).
John Dack is Senior Research Fellow and Director of the Sonic Arts Department at Middlesex University. Christine North is retired as Lecturer in French 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