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Experiments in Music Research: Reassessing Pierre Schaeffer's Contributions to Music and Sound Studies
December 9
Bramall Music Building

Experiments in Music Research:

Reassessing Pierre Schaeffer’s Contributions to Music and Sound Studies

10:00-17:30, 9 December 2016

Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

Sponsored by the Institute of Musical Research, Royal Holloway, University of London

Attendance is free, but registration is required due to limited capacity: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/experiments-in-music-research-tickets-29213354931

This one-day conference brings together new critical readings of Pierre Schaeffer’s work on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his major theoretical work, the Traité des objets musicaux. While previous Schaeffer scholarship has largely maintained a prescriptive focus on the composition and reception of musique concrète, this meeting will seek to amplify the conversation around Schaeffer’s contributions to other disciplines. Its goals are to rethink the position of Schaeffer’s theory in the history of musicology and sound studies, its proximity to contemporary studies of listening and auditory culture, and the implications of engaging with its terminology and epistemology outside of the acousmatic tradition. It is timed to precede the appearance of the English translation of the Traité.

Pierre Schaeffer


Schedule

Opening Remarks 10:00-10:15

Introductory Session 10:15-11:15

Évelyne Gayou (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel) The Traité, the GRM, and the Acousmatic

John Dack (Middlesex University), Pierre Schaeffer and Music Theory

Break 11:15-11:30

Session 1 11:30-13:00

Iain Campbell (Independent) Process and Formalization in Pierre Schaeffer’s Experimental Methodology

Christoph Sökler (Staatliche Akademie der Bildene Künste Stuttgart) Failing not Failed, Schaeffer and the Baroque

Sam Ridout (Independent) Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Henry, and the Problem of Contingency

Lunch Break 13:00-14:00

Session 2 14:00-15:30

Katherine J. Kaiser (Stony Brook University) Beyond the ‘Acousmatic': Discussions of Listening and Voice in Pierre Schaeffer’s Writings from the Early 1950s

Andrea Cohen (Independent) Pierre Schaeffer and Radio Art

Thomas Fogg (Columbia University) Schaeffer on TV: Navigating the Mediascape with McLuhan and Wilden

Break 15:30-15:45

Session 3 15:45-16:45

Patrick Valiquet (Institute of Musical Research) Schaeffer’s Structuralist Humanism

Martin Kaltenecker (Université Paris 7) Theological Backgrounds for Schaeffer’s Listening Theory and Practice

Break 16:45-17:00

Plenary Panel 17:00-18:00

Milo Taylor and Salomé Voegelin (London College of Communications)

Luke Windsor (University of Leeds)


 

Organisation and Selection Committee

Brian Kane (Yale University)

Danielle Sofer (Maynooth University)

Patrick Valiquet (Institute of Musical Research)

Scott Wilson (University of Birmingham)

Full itinerary

Experiments in Music Research:

Reassessing Pierre Schaeffer’s Contributions to Music and Sound Studies

10:00-17:30, 9 December 2016

Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham

Sponsored by the Institute of Musical Research, Royal Holloway, University of London

Attendance is free, but registration is required due to limited capacity: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/experiments-in-music-research-tickets-29213354931

This one-day conference brings together new critical readings of Pierre Schaeffer’s work on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of his major theoretical work, the Traité des objets musicaux. While previous Schaeffer scholarship has largely maintained a prescriptive focus on the composition and reception of musique concrète, this meeting will seek to amplify the conversation around Schaeffer’s contributions to other disciplines. Its goals are to rethink the position of Schaeffer’s theory in the history of musicology and sound studies, its proximity to contemporary studies of listening and auditory culture, and the implications of engaging with its terminology and epistemology outside of the acousmatic tradition. It is timed to precede the appearance of the English translation of the Traité.

Pierre Schaeffer


Schedule

Opening Remarks 10:00-10:15

Introductory Session 10:15-11:15

Évelyne Gayou (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel) The Traité, the GRM, and the Acousmatic

John Dack (Middlesex University), Pierre Schaeffer and Music Theory

Break 11:15-11:30

Session 1 11:30-13:00

Iain Campbell (Independent) Process and Formalization in Pierre Schaeffer’s Experimental Methodology

Christoph Sökler (Staatliche Akademie der Bildene Künste Stuttgart) Failing not Failed, Schaeffer and the Baroque

Sam Ridout (Independent) Pierre Schaeffer, Pierre Henry, and the Problem of Contingency

Lunch Break 13:00-14:00

Session 2 14:00-15:30

Katherine J. Kaiser (Stony Brook University) Beyond the ‘Acousmatic': Discussions of Listening and Voice in Pierre Schaeffer’s Writings from the Early 1950s

Andrea Cohen (Independent) Pierre Schaeffer and Radio Art

Thomas Fogg (Columbia University) Schaeffer on TV: Navigating the Mediascape with McLuhan and Wilden

Break 15:30-15:45

Session 3 15:45-16:45

Patrick Valiquet (Institute of Musical Research) Schaeffer’s Structuralist Humanism

Martin Kaltenecker (Université Paris 7) Theological Backgrounds for Schaeffer’s Listening Theory and Practice

Break 16:45-17:00

Plenary Panel 17:00-18:00

Milo Taylor and Salomé Voegelin (London College of Communications)

Luke Windsor (University of Leeds)


 

Organisation and Selection Committee

Brian Kane (Yale University)

Danielle Sofer (Maynooth University)

Patrick Valiquet (Institute of Musical Research)

Scott Wilson (University of Birmingham)

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