Treatise on Musical Objects: An Essay across Disciplines by Pierre SchaefferTreatise on Musical Objects: An Essay across Disciplines by Pierre Schaeffer

Treatise on Musical Objects: An Essay across Disciplines

byPierre SchaefferTranslated byChristine North, John Dack

Hardcover | July 25, 2017

Pricing and Purchase Info


Earn 612 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


The Treatise on Musical Objects is regarded as Pierre Schaeffer’s most important work on music and its relationship with technology. Schaeffer expands his earlier research in musique concrète to suggest a methodology of working with sounds based on his experiences in radio broadcasting and the recording studio. Drawing on acoustics, physics, and physiology, but also on philosophy and the relationship between subject and object, Schaeffer’s essay summarizes his theoretical and practical work in music composition. Translators Christine North and John Dack present an important book in the history of ideas in Europe that will resonate far beyond electroacoustic music.
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 a...
Title:Treatise on Musical Objects: An Essay across DisciplinesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:616 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.7 inPublished:July 25, 2017Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520294297

ISBN - 13:9780520294295