Temporal analysis of:
Étude aux chemins des fer (1948)
by Pierre Schaeffer
This presentation provides a temporal analysis of this pioneering work.  As the first piece of musique concrète, Schaeffer’s recordings of train sounds are masterfully blended into a new form of sound art that creates an abstraction of real-life sound into art.  Because of it’s unique nature, little in the field of analysis has been done to better define the formal structure of this highly listenable work.  A temporal analysis uncovers a surprisingly traditional form, and clear, balances sections and cadences.
This podcast “Introduction to Analysis of Temporal Elements in Music” should be viewed prior to the this analysis.
Temporal Elements in Music
Friday, July 11, 2008