Solomos, Makis

2004

Xenakis' Thought Through his Writings

Journal of New Music Research: Vol. 33, No. 2. Lisse: Swets & Zeitlinger: 125-136.

URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09298215.asp

Language(s): English

Keyword(s):

Formalism Grain Microsound Abstract Syntax and Abstracted Syntax Stochastic Music

Abstract:

In this article, the author discusses what he terms the Apollonian and Dionysian aspects of Iannis Xenakis’ thought processes as reflected through his writing and music. He notes that there is an interesting separation between Xenakis the writer/theorist and Xenakis the composer/musician. The author reflects on many issues: Xenakis’ notions of ’abstraction’ that occupy a central position in his thought, his theory concerning the relationship between music and the sciences, his concept of ’formalisation’, the complexity of Xenakis’ inspiration, his underlying view of nature, his search for immediate expression, his notions of time and space, and his emphasis on creativity.

All references of the same author:

(English)

Solomos, Makis (1999a). Schaeffer phénoménologue
Solomos, Makis (1999b). Notes sur François-Bernard Mâche et L'estuaire du temps
Solomos, Makis (2001). The Unity of Xenakis's Instrumental and Electroacoustic Music: the Case for 'Brownian Movements'
Solomos, Makis (2005). An Introduction to Horacio Vaggione's Musical and Theoretical Thought

(Français)

Solomos, Makis (1999a). Schaeffer phénoménologue
Solomos, Makis (1999b). Notes sur François-Bernard Mâche et L'estuaire du temps