Formalized Music: Thought and Mathematics in Composition (Harmonologia: Studies in Music Theory) by Iannis Xenakis (Jul) Paperback on. Iannis Xenakis is an avant-garde Greek composer who attempts to apply mathematical constructs to musical composition, such as using the theory of sets, . Translated and expanded in Iannis Xenakis. Formalized. Music: ought and Mathematics in Composition, 2nd Ed. (Harmonologia Series. No.

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Showing of 7 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. That said, every chapter of this book presents radically new ideas, worked out with rigor and intention. Many of them have stood the test of time better than anyone could have imagined: That’s like complaining Shakespeare coined the word “luggage”. Highly intelligent speakers have every right to expand their native language if they feel it’s inadequate to exposit their views.


This has been crucial in my growth This has been crucial in my growth as a musician, as well as the start of conversation when carried about in public If you liked Curtis Road’s “Microsound”, you might like this book.

However, be warned that it is not for the faint of heart.

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You need to be well versed in music theory and mathematics to get the most from it. It has a very academic tone, but has some unique things to say about algorithmic xeenakis that makes it worthwhile. Also be warned that much of it is translated from the original French, so that makes some phrases in the book seem oddly worded. I guess I would best describe it as the “Godel,Escher,Bach” of algorithmic composers. It’s rough going, but once you “get” what Xenakis is saying, formalizfd will have a perspective on algorithmic composition that is invaluable.

This paper describes time as intrinsically related to space and then ties this relationship to music. The first chapter explains in detail the construction of sieves and the second reproduces the computer program that generates this construction.

Sieves are integer sequence generators that can help generate pitch scales and rhythm sequences in compositions. The UPIC console is a direct-input graphics device that allows for one to escape the messy complexities of musical notation in the scoring of complex electronic sounds. It is hard to find anything on the web written by Xenakis that is not in French, so this book is about the only way for English speakers to enjoy this man’s work.

This is an incredible work, the concentrated expression of Xenakis’ philosophy of music, and the category he pioneered, “stochastic music. The potential reader should know that the better part of the book is expressed in mathematics.


It therefore provides a working basis for an aspiring stochastic music composer, but not what most of the rest of us consider gripping reading. I found the discussion of the use of “screens” in composition based on Markov chains to be intelligible, but there are pages and pages of equations that I would only read if it would further a goal such as a stochastic composition.

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