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1 Esthétiques, musicologie, danse et créations musicales

Abstract : Iannis Xenakis-s pioneering role in new music technologies is well known. He contributed to their development through his electroacoustic works (Diamorphoses, Con-cret PH, Légende d-Eer, etc.), his theories (stochastics, granular paradigm, etc.), his machines (UPIC), and his multimedia realizations (polytopes, etc.). His first studies as a civil engineer sharpened his efficiency. But his practical mind was coupled with a speculative mind, oriented toward philosophical interrogations. In this paper, we will quote some historical interviews in which Xenakis develops his views on technology: technology and progress; technique as a tool; the dangers of technology; art for everybody thanks to technology; forward-looking view about the computer; the role of intuition; and, finally, computer and manual actions (bricolage). In his writings, Xenakis tends to present applications of technology, but in his interviews, he is more eloquent on his philosophy of technology.

Keywords : Xenakis Music Technology

Author: Makis Solomos -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/


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