chapter  8
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Schaeffer’s sound effects

ByIAN STEVENSON

In this chapter, revisiting the innovative approach to musical research undertaken by the French pioneer of musique concrète, Pierre Schaeffer (1910-95), I show how Schaeffer’s humanistic modernism can be understood in the light of the post-structural critique offered in the works by Deleuze1 that were published in the years following Schaeffer’s magnum opus, the Traité des objets musicaux ( Treatise on Musical Objects, hereafter Treatise).2 With the first English translations of Schaeffer’s works only now becoming available,3 we have an opportunity to reassess his contribution.