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Preview — Formalized Music by Iannis Xenakis. Pendragon Press is proud to offer this new, revised, and expanded edition of Formalized Music, Iannis Xenakis’s landmark book of In addition to three totally new chapters examining recent breakthroughs in music theory, two original computer programs illustrating the actual realization of newly proposed methods of composition, and an appendix of the very latest develo Pendragon Press is proud to offer this new, revised, and expanded edition of Formalized Music, Iannis Xenakis’s landmark book of In addition to three totally new chapters examining recent breakthroughs in music theory, two original computer programs illustrating the actual realization of newly proposed methods of composition, and an appendix of the very latest developments of stochastic synthesis as an invitation to future exploration, Xenakis offers a very critical self-examination of his theoretical propositions and artistic output of the past thirty-five years.

This edition of Formalized Music is an essential tool for understanding the man and the thought processes of one of this century’s most important and revolutionary musical figures. Paperbackpages. Published January 1st by Pendragon Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Formalized Musicplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. The full review can be accessed here: The following is a just a small portion of the complete review. As usual, I recommend reading the full thing. March 7, 16th day of juice fast: From Xenakis’ “Preface to the Second Edition”: Latin for “out of nothing”] has not used, for want of time or capacity, the most advanced aspects of philosophical and scientific rormalized.

But dormalized escalade is started and others will certainly enlarge and extend the new thesis. This book is addressed to a hybrid public, but interdisciplinary hybridization frequently produces superb specimens. IMO, Xenakis has upped the ante for human intelligence so high that humanity shd be proud that he even existed. If 10 stars were an available rating, I’d give this an From Xenakis’ “Preface to Musiques Formelles “: It must aim through fixations which are landmarks to draw towards a total exaltation in which the individual mingles, losing his consciousness in a truth immediate, rare, enormous, and perfect.

If a work of art succeeds in this undertaking even for a single moment, it attains its goal. This tremendous truth formlized not made of objects, emotions, or sensations; it is beyond these, as Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony is beyond music. This is why art can lead to realms that religion still occupies for some people.

Formalizd this bk had gone downhill in intensity from here I might’ve been disappointed. But, no, it only escalates. Now I’m musuc to “Orient-Occident” In the jusic of those many of us for whom the Philips Pavilion that Xenakis designed who’s an architect on top of his other talents at the World’s Fair is a landmark event in the history of the world, the drawings on pp are worth the price of admission alone In my case the “cost of admission” was free insofar as my friend Unfinished Symphonies gave fogmalized this bk after he got it at a library sale.


Take the 1st paragraph of this caption for illustration B: The straight directrix of a passes through a second peak and is joined by an arc to the directrix of d.

Four hundred loudspeakers, lining the interior of the shell, were required to fill up the space with the sonic scintillations of Concret P-H and to effect a common emanation from formaliized and music, conceived as an entity: I suspect that the “ou” in the preceding shd be “du” or “de” but I’m quoting verbatim.

It is possible to produce ruled surfaces by drawing the glissandi as straight lines. I performed this experiment with Metastasis this work had its premier in at Donaueschingen. Thus I believe that on this occasion music and architecture found an intimate connection.

I indicate the causal chain of ideas which formxlized me to formulate the architecture of the Philips Pavilion from the score of Metastasis ” p 10 Next up in the accompanying music to writing this review is “Kraanerg””S. The music I love is all produced by strong personalities, driven by their own personal philosophy. They write scores in which certain combinations of sounds may be freely chosen by the interpreter. Two logical infirmities are apparent which deny them the right to speak of chance on the one hand and “composition” on the other composition in the broad sense, that fornalized The interpreter is a highly conditioned being, so that it is not possible to accept the thesis of unconditioned choice, of an interpreter acting like a roulette game.

The martingale betting at Monte Carlo and the procession of suicides should convince anyone of this. We shall return to this. The composer commits an act of resignation when he admits several possible and equivalent circuits.

In the name of a “scheme” the problem of choice is betrayed, and it is the interpreter who is promoted to the rank of composer by the composer himself. There is thus a substitution of authors.

The two infirmities mentioned above are terribly aggravated here. I would like to pose a question: If this sheet of paper is put before an interpreter who is an incomparable expert on Chopin, will the result not be modulated in the style and writing of Chopin in the same way that a performer who is immersed cenakis this style might improvise a Chopin-like cadenza to another composer’s concerto?

From the point of view of the composer there is no interest. As for the idea of “an interpreter who is an incomparable expert on Chopin” improvising “a Chopin-like cadenza to another composer’s concerto”?

What wd the similarities be? I’m reminded of when Neely Bruce performed what he announced as a Chopin piece at a friend’s wedding party in or thereabouts. As for serial composition becoming banal? A major factor in Xenakis’ criticism of other composers’ approaches to games is that his approach specifically references Game Theory in its mathematical xxenakis Each of the conductors directs sonic operations against the operations of the other.

Formalized Music: Thought and Mathematics in Composition (Harmonologia Series, #6)

This value is written in a grid or matrix at the intersection of the row corresponding to move i of conductor A and the column corresponding to move j of conductor B. This is the partial score ijrepresenting the payment one conductor gives the other. This game, a duelis defined as a two-person mueic game. I stress the word ” competitive ” regarding the above – but not all games are competitive.


This is much more my approach. Xenakis’s music is highly influenced by the intense experiences he had as a Communist student resistance fighter during WWII against the Nazi occupation of Greece. I was still able to remember all the particulars, above all – naturally – the fact that the two cellists were placed near the front of the platform on either side, with the percussion player between them as “umpire”. The details of performance, with the types of sound, methods of articulation and gesticulation, and above all the markedly “sporting” character of the piece, remained in my mind with the utmost clarity.

At that time I was working on a composition for entirely different forces and with a totally different disposition of the material; I could see fromalized relationship, as regards either content or form, between the sound world of the two concepts.

I did not want to give up work on the piece on which I was already engaged in order to bring a dream to realization. Nine nights later, however, the dream performance was repeated, foralized the same clarity of detail as before.

I was perturbed, this time I made notes, and tried to define the elusive time element of the imaginary music in terms of concrete tempi. On the following morning I realized that the dream had been repeated yet again. This time I laid everything aside, in the belief that fate had knocked three xenaiks, and that it was high time to do what was required of me.

The dream has never again been repeated, which is formalkzed pity, because I should like to compare it to the finished score. Feb 03, Stuart rated it liked it Shelves: I very much like Xenakis’ music as well formmalized his general philosophy to music. My critique is the minimalist one, that I would prefer the music to demonstrate simply one mathematical concept in a audible way.

Formalized Music: Thought and Mathematics in Composition by Iannis Xenakis

In some of his pieces I hear the general concept xenakiz played out: But as a composer there are no techniques outlined here that I can use. Zeek Twerpy rated it it was amazing Aug 15, Joshua Disneyq rated it liked it Jun 02, Alex rated it liked it Jul 15, George rated it really liked it Mar 03, Miguel Cardoso rated it it was amazing Jul 20, Jon fogmalized it it was amazing Nov 22, Kostas Janus rated it it was amazing Oct 18, Matthew Doyle rated it it was amazing Jan 13, Pruston rated it really liked it Sep 18, Dieuwertje rated it liked it Mar 29, Maria Olbrychtowicz rated it it was amazing Mar 31, John Fox rated it it was amazing Sep 20, Thomas rated it really liked it Oct 26, Jan 22, Lizzie Luykx added it.

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