Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pierre Schaeffer - L'Œuvre Musicale 4 x cd (INA-GRM, 1990)

The four discs collected here cover the bulk of Pierre Schaeffer's concrète works (and act as addendum to my previously posted three disc version). The set begins with his pre-tape days when he composed using multiple turntables mixing sound effects recordings direct to lathe. The earliest recordings here were created in 1948 while serving as radio engineer for Radiodiffusion Française and are built from sounds ranging from locomotives and whirligigs to pots, pans, piano, and percussion. Each of those collages eventually made their way onto the air. His "Suite Pour 14 Instruments" is an amalgam of orchestral sounds rendered far beyond their original context.

Where these early works clearly function as experiments for Schaeffer, once Pierre Henry joins in as his assistant, the music takes on both a playfulness and a refinement of detail that eventually became landmarks of the French approach to musique concrète. The processes became increasingly laborious, and those who once flocked to Schaeffer's studio to work in this new medium became disillusioned by the demand and patience that the work required. Schaeffer and Henry worked together for eight years amassing a daunting sound library, some of which never fully materialed. Included here is an Henry work from 1988, created in homage to Schaeffer using fragments of their Orpheus 51 and 53. Though Schaeffer retired from music in 1960, he returned to sound studies in the late 1970s, eventually revisiting some early works. Those too are collected here, and the bridge in time is event as Schaeffer breathes new life into his early techniques while also incorporating a more defined sound. Included as well are the results of Schaeffer's studies of psycho-acoustics, presented here as the two part Le Trièdre Fertile. The newly included fourth disc gathers interviews and assorted radio material as well.

mp3s, 320 kbps
Les Incunables (1948-1950) & Les Œuvres Communes (1950-1953 Et 1988)
Les Révisions (1948-1952) Et Œuvres Postérieures (1957-1979) & Documents (1948-1990)

Les Incunables (1948-1950)
Les Œuvres Communes (1950-1953 Et 1988
Les Révisions (1948-1952) Et Œuvres Postérieures (1957-1979)
Documents (1948-1990)


  1. Would love to download this but the second link @320 keeps giving "The file you are trying to access is temporarily unavailable."
    Any ideas?

    BTW: love the blog! If you take requests, I actually have one: Zanesi.

    All the best,

  2. It did the same thing for me. I would give it some time and try again. If I check back later and it's still doing this, I'll try upping that file else where.

    Just so happens I had some Zanesi on deck. I'll see what I can do about getting a write up finished soon. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. excellent blog ! thank you very much !

  4. HI!

    The second part of the download is unavailable...
    Any chance of fixing it??


  5. I've replaced the link to the second part of the mp3. Please comment if this link fails.

  6. hi but where i can find full 7 tracks from

    Pierre Schaeffer - Le Trièdre Fertile ?

    it seems here are only 2 track.....

    very sorry i am

  7. @Anonymous: here

  8. If a re-up of this were possible I would be more grateful than I can state.

    Thank you for this great blog.