French translation published in Pierre Schaeffer: Portraits Polychromes No. 13 and English version published in Pierre Schaeffer: Portraits Polychromes No. 14, ed. Evelyne Gayou, ©2008 Institut national de l’audiovisuel.
This is a short essay on the state of Pierre Schaeffer’s current reception in America. It addresses some of the interdisciplinary aspects of Schaeffer’s thinking and argues that, if there were ever to be a translation of the Traité, it may have greater impact in cultural studies, auditory culture, philosophy and media studies rather than electro-acoustic music.