Science, Technology, the Music Research Vanguard

Born Georgina

in Rationalizing Culture

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1995 | ISBN: 9780520202160
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520916845 | DOI:
Science, Technology, the Music Research Vanguard

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This chapter focuses on the technological research projects of the Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in the 1984, explaining that, during this time, computer music was expected to enrich the quality of sound materials by its capacity to stimulate any unimaginable sound, as well as completely new timbres. It highlights the pivotal ideological position of psychoacoustics and music research within IRCAM, and the musicians' commitment to define the future areas of research that would be of maximum musical use to composers. The chapter also discusses the structure of opposition in IRCAM's intellectual work culture.

Keywords: IRCAM; technological research; computer music; psychoacoustics; music research; musicians; work culture

Chapter.  17631 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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