Formalized Music: Thought and Mathematics in Composition

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Pendragon Press, 1992 - Mathematics - 387 pages

 Pendragon Press is proud to offer this new, revised, and expanded edition of Formalized Music, Iannis Xenakis's landmark book of 1971. 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.

 

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Contents

Free Stochastic Music
1
Markovian Stochastic MusicTheory
43
Markovian Stochastic MusicApplications
79
Musical Strategy
110
Free Stochastic Music by Computer
131
Symbolic Music
155
Conclusions and Extensions for Chapters IVI
178
Towards a Metamusic
180
Sieves
268
A Users Guide
277
Dynamic Stochastic Synthesis
289
More Thorough Stochastic Music
295
II Two Laws of Continuous Probability 323
323
The New UPIC System
329
Bibliography
335
Discography
365

Towards a Philosophy of Music
201
New Proposals in Microsound Structure
242
Concerning Time Space and Music
255
Degrees and Honors
371
Notes
373
Index
383

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About the author (1992)

 Sharon Kanach, Vice-President of Centre Iannis Xenakis (formerly CCMIX) in France and Founder and President of the Xenakis Project of the Americas of the Brook Center at CUNY, was Xenakis's assistant for two decades.

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