From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
thank you for your indulgence: the titles look most promising. I think that
some of the problems of the later authors are connected to their inability to
My only personal contribution to the writings about Schaeffer was together
with my wife who is an anthropologist and knowledgeable about the philosophy
of science (here comes the dreaded self-promotion so scorned on the
Brock-Nannestad, G. and Elverdam, B.: "Pierre Schaeffer´s Objets Musicaux and
Their Relationship to Phonetic Research", Proceedings of ICoMCS December
2007, pp. 23-27.
Apart from this blurb I shall go off-list!
> I agree with you George, I believe Schaeffer is the most original thinker
> twentieth century music and sound. But the reprints of *Traité* don't look
> exactly the same: forty pages have been added from the 1977 one onwards. I
> am convinced that the study and critique of his writings is much more
> interesting than that of what anglo-american academic jargon calls high
> modernism in music, and that much of what has been written after him (e.g.
> Sterne, Kittler, Siegert) suffers from not acknowledging what he did.
> When I started working on his writings over twenty years ago I used to
> envisage my role as that of presenting Schaeffer's ideas to an anglophone
> readership, but I have been recently convinced that this would be better
> left to a native speaker. In any case if I may indulge in self-reference
> here I go, from the more basic to the most esoteric:
> 1993. "Pierre Schaeffer: From Research into Noises to Experimental
> Music". *Computer
> Music Journal* 17 (3): 14-19. Cambridge (Mass.): MIT Press.
> 1993. "Pierre Schaeffer, 1953: Towards an Experimental Music". *Music &
> Letters* 74 (4): 542-57. Oxford: OUP. Online @
> 1993. "Pierre Schaeffer's Typo-Morphology of Sonic Objects". Ph.D.
> dissertation. University of Durham, UK.
> 2002. "Musique Concrète Revisited". In Larry Sitsky (ed.), *Music of the
> Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde: A Biocritical Sourcebook*. Westport (Conn.)
> and London: Greenwood Press, pp 432-45. Online @
> "Technology and Pierre Schaeffer: Pierre Schaeffer´s *Arts-Relais*, Walter
> Benjamin´s *technische Reproduzierbarkeit* and Martin Heidegger´s
> *Organized Sound* 3 (1): 35-43. Cambridge: CUP.
> I can provide copies of the *Computer Music Journal* and *Organised
> Sound*articles if requested. (Please use signature address.)
> 2011/3/8 George Brock-Nannestad <[log in to unmask]>
> > From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
> > I was so happy when I obtained second hand Schaeffer's "Traité" and
> > considered it a rarity to be treasured. My great pleasure is that he was
> > electronics engineer and used an engineering approach to describing the
> > phenomena. However, it is such an important book that it has never been
> > of print, and several reprints look exactly the same! I cannot believe
> > people only buy it for its symbolic value, to place on their shelf. So,
> > do
> > not have a rarity.
> > --
> Carlos Palombini
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