Pierre Schaeffer’s Microphones (1942). Between Radio and Theater

Responsable : Marie-Madeleine Mervant-Roux

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About the essay "Pierre Schaeffer’s Microphones (1942). Between Radio and Theater".
From mid-September to mid-October 1942, Pierre Schaeffer (32) and theater director Jacques Copeau (63) co-directed a training course in Beaune (Burgundy, France) : young actors were trained to use the microphone so that they might contribute to the emerging field of radiophonic arts. The archival traces left by this first Studio d’Essai will be presented in this essay.

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