Tag Archives: Xenakis

(Repost) MP3 Blog #33: Music as Entropy

(…continuing with the reposts, here is one that merges both Xenakis and Joanna Newsom.  BTW, I tend to far prefer Yuji Takahashi’s more visceral version of “Herma” over Aki Takahashi’s version these days.) Music as Entropy: Iannis Xenakis: ”Herma” (1961) … Continue reading

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MP3 Blog #109: Xenakis’s “Gendy3″

Iannis Xenakis: Gendy3 (1991) For computer generated sound Currently out of print *   *   *   *   * Program Note: In the Achorripsis (1956-57) chapters (I and V) of Formalized Music [revised and expanded English translation edition, Pendragon Press, 1992], Xenakis … Continue reading

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Mp3 Blog #75: String Quartets 5

George Crumb:Black Angels “Thirteen Images from the Dark Land” (1969-70)I. DepartureII. AbsenceIII. ReturnFor amplified string quartetPerformed by the Concord QuartetAvailable on this compact disc Roger Reynolds:”Ariadne’s Thread” (1994)Finding the PathPressing inward Animated lineExtremityExhuberant lineDesparate lineLine of desire Quietest moment of … Continue reading

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Mp3 Blog #33: Music as Entropy

Music as Entropy: Iannis Xenakis:”Herma” (1961)Performed by Aki TakahashiFor solo pianoAvailable on this compact disc featuring some piano works by Xenakis Yo La Tengo:”Green Arrow”Available on ”I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One” Gérard Grisey:”Partiels” (1975)For 18 musiciansPerformers unknownAnother … Continue reading

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Mp3 Blog #23: A l’Ile de Gorée

Iannis Xenakis: A l’Île de Gorée (1986) For amplified harpsichord and ensemble Performed by Elizabeth Chojnacka and Ensemble InterContemporain * * * * * Early in the summer I had a brief conversation with Jean Lesage about composing for the … Continue reading

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Mp3 Blog #1: Discordance, Gloria, and Communion

Iannis Xenakis: Bohor (1962) For electonic sounds in eight channels (mixed down to two) Glenn Branca: Symphony #3 (Gloria); Movement I (1983)Music for the first 127 intervals of the harmonic series Pierre Henry: Messe de Liverpool; Communion (1967)Musique concrète A … Continue reading

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