Den mystiska akusmatiken
Published in Nutida Musik, 3 (2008): 36-42, ©2008 International Society for Contemporary Music
This is a Swedish translation of a talk entitled, “L’acousmatique mythique: reconsidering the acousmatic reduction and the Pythagorean veil,” delivered at the EMS08 conference in Paris, commemorating the 60th anniversary of musique concréte. It is availble in the EMS08 proceedings. In it, I compare two readings of the Pythagorean veil in ancient sources, Iamblichus’ Life of Pythagoras and Clement of Alexandria’s Stromata, to address the mythic construction of the Schaefferian acousmatic tradition and its preference for Iamblichus. I also draw out some implications of the two readings for current and future acousmatic theory.