If you use samples, then wish Pierre Schaeffer a happy birthday

It’s French composer Pierre Schaeffer’s birthday, and if you’re using any form of sampling, it’s worth pausing to remember him. At 105 years of age, he’s more relevant than ever. Listen, to his Cinq √©tudes de bruits : √Čtude aux chemins de fer. Amazingly, this 1948 piece (made when my Mom was born) sounds like it’d still be a good listen on SoundCloud today (thanks, Yuri Spitsyn):


Avant-Garde Sound Poet Henri Chopin Has Died, But Give Him a Listen

Musician, composer, and musique concrete artist Henri Chopin has died, writes Seth: he has been and remains a figure whose sound work is very important to me, so i thought i’d share it with you all. he was a sound poet who used reel-to-reel tape as his paper, performance instrument, and collaborator. Chopin is lesser-known than some artists even in the concrete world, so if you don’t know his work, there’s no time like the present to discover it — quite a lot is available online. Videos and comments at WFMU Beware of the Blog Lots and Lots of Sound …