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Étude aux Chemins de Fer
Pierre Schaeffer
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This minute is from a piece of music by composer Pierre Schaeffer.

The piece was created from recordings of a steam train!

Did you realise you were listening to a train, or did you think of something different?

Steam trains are very noisy, and have a big whistle to warn people when they are coming.

Did you hear a whistle in this piece?

The music is made by taking different recordings of a train, cutting them up and sticking them back together in interesting ways.

How many different sounds could you hear?

Did you find the music easy or hard to listen to?