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Rationalizing CultureIRCAM, Boulez, and the Institutionalization of the Musical Avant-Garde$
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Georgina Born

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780520202160

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520202160.001.0001

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Science, Technology, the Music Research Vanguard

Science, Technology, the Music Research Vanguard

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(p.180) Chapter VII Science, Technology, the Music Research Vanguard
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Rationalizing Culture
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Born Georgina

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520202160.003.0008

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

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