The fourth in an annual series of sound exhibitions at SFMOMA, 33 RPM: Ten Hours of Sound from France presents a cross section of French sound art and experimental music from the 1950s to today. Comprising ten hours of thematically organized sound, the program acknowledges seminal figures and explores the movements and processes central to French sound art, from the inception of "musique concrète" by Pierre Schaeffer, founder of the GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales), to the rise of computer-music at IRCAM (Institute for Research and Coordination of Acoustics and Music), founded by Pierre Boulez. Featured artists include Pierre Schaeffer, Michel Chion, Luc Ferrari and Jean-Claude Risset among others. A Web component, presented as part of the ongoing CrossFade project, offers online access to the featured programs.
33 RPM: Ten Hours of Sound from France is made possible by the generous support of the James Family Foundation.