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Musique et document sonore – Enquête sur la phonographie documentaire dans les pratiques musicales contemporaines
Pierre-Yves Macé [see all titles]
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Pierre-Yves Macé Musique et document sonore Enquête sur la phonographie documentaire  dans les pratiques musicales contemporaines
Foreword by Elie During.
published in November 2012
French edition
12,5 x 19 cm (softcover)
336 pages
€24.00
ISBN: 978-2-84066-499-4
EAN: 9782840664994
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An investigation into the uses of “sound document” in music, since the beginning of phonography.
Since 1877 and Edison's phonograph, it has become possible to archive the sounds of the outside real, which hitherto could not be objectified. A recorded sound can be considered the objective trace or document of a past event : a testimony of the empirical real. Through a bunch of examples chosen in contemporary music and sound art (Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Luigi Nono, Steve Reich, Luc Ferrari...), this essay studies the consequences of this mutation on the aesthetic field. What is here called “sound document” is the “foreign body” which appears in a musical composition as a sign refering to the real, the very moment of the sound capture. This element affects the musical composition in its supposedly inalienable autonomy, yet at the same time offers a wide range of expressions for a variety of practices which were hitherto unfamiliar to the musical field.