Harley, James


The Electroacoustic Music of Iannis Xenakis

Computer Music Journal: Vol. 26, no. 1. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press: 33-57.

URL: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/comj

Language(s): English


Algorithm Aural Analysis Stochastic Music Structural Analysis Computer Music Electroacoustic Music Multimedia Mixed Work


This article aims to present a brief overview of Iannis Xenakis’ electroacoustic music in the manner of a tutorial. It distinguishes and describes five stages in the trajectory of his studio output. It suggests that while there is a strong unity of aesthetic and compositional technique running through his entire oeuvre, within each of the five stages the technical means change somewhat, as do the aesthetic concerns.

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Harley, James (1991). Generative Processes in Algorithmic Composition: Chaos and Music