Paris and Musique Concrète

Peter Manning

in Electronic and Computer Music

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195144840
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849802 | DOI:
Paris and Musique Concrète

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The revival of the arts after the Second World War took place in an environment altogether more favorable for the development of electronic music. The rapid advances in technology as a result of the war, an upsurge of interest from many quarters in new sound techniques, and a generally expansionist economic climate provided sufficient incentives for institutions to provide support. In Europe two broadcasting networks, Radiodiffusion Télévision Française (RTF) in Paris, and Norwestdeutscher Rundfunk (NWDR) in Cologne, took up the initiative. The Paris group became dedicated to the advancement of musique concrète, while the Cologne group championed the cause of elektronische Musik. Musique concrète was pioneered by electronic engineer, Pierre Schaeffer.

Keywords: RTF; Norwestdeutscher Rundfunk; elektronische Musik; Pierre Schaeffer

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Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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