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Xenakis Symposium Extras

March 2011

A three-day conference, sponsored by The Wire and organised by the Centre for Contemporary Music Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London on the Greek composer coinciding with the tenth anniversary of his death. Scholars, researchers and musicians will present papers and participate in panels, alongside a programme of concerts and workshops. London Southbank Centre, 1–3 April.

Following several international conferences in the past decade, the study of Xenakis’s work has seen a number of new dissertations, numerous performances and recordings, but also the cataloguing of his preparatory sketches, unpublished texts and notes, which became available at the Xenakis Archives at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris. Material from the archives was also recently published in Music And Architecture, the first volume of the Iannis Xenakis Series by Pendragon Press.

Full symposium programme accompanied by abstracts of all the participants lectures.

Brian Morton's Iannis Xenakis: A Stranger In The Architecture, from The Wire 55, September 1988

Ben Watson's Iannis Xenakis: Primal Architect, published in The Wire 136, June 1995

The composer's music, "NEG-ALE", (1960) for P. Kassovitz's abstract film Vasarely on the artwork of Op-Art painter Victor Vasarely

Polytope de Cluny (1972-74), a 25 minute electroacoustic work for 8-channel tape

Director Stéphan Aubé's documentary Rebonds B (2004) following the recording of Pedro Carneiro's interpretation of Xenakis' Okho, Psappha and Rebonds

Video of Edgard Varêse and Le Corbusier's Poême électronique, Xenakis trained as an architect and worked with the influential modernist theorist and builder Le Corbusier on this famed multimedia pavilion.

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