"Recorded sound was first imagined as long ago as 1552. In the fourth book of François Rabelais’ Gargantua and Pantagruel, there’s a tale about crossing the Frozen Sea where, the previous winter, there had been a battle between two warring tribes. The noise of combat had turned to ice but, as the sea unfroze, so too did the sounds, pouring forth in a torrent of war cries, whinnying horses and clashing weapons. This ‘cryosonic’ notion of sound as a solid, retrievable object appealed so much to Pierre Schaeffer that, in 1952, he created a piece called Les paroles dégelées (Thawed Words), in which he altered the timbre of a voice reading Rabelais’ work aloud by various tape manipulation techniques – a process he had already dubbed musique concrète."
Oh, wait: it's Rob Young! LOL
I'm a fan of Luc Ferrari - who ain't? - but this sentence / idea is another neat little ideas-peg: "Luc Ferrari, who died in 2005, declared an hour-long recording of a French coastline to be music."
Going off-road a bit here, but am strangely reminded of that time when Kerouac tried to capture-replicate the sound of waves at Big Sur as Text.