The Creative and Scientific Legacies of Iannis Xenakis

Subject: The Creative and Scientific Legacies of Iannis Xenakis
From: Jim Harley (
Date: Sat Jun 25 2005 - 15:31:20 EDT

apologies for cross-postings...

The Creative and Scientific Legacies of
Iannis Xenakis

International Symposium
8-10 June, 2006
Guelph/Waterloo/Toronto, Canada

Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001) is a unique figure in contemporary music,
not only for the iconoclastic nature of his music but also for the
scientific attitude he brought to his work. His training as a civil
engineer, his experience as an architect, as well as his immersion in
ancient Greek philosophy, have all shaped his approach to developing a
new theoretical foundation of music and a style built from a unique set
of compositional techniques. His music and thought have proven highly
influential, although his work has been studied in detail by only a
few. At the same time, many have gone on to develop extensions to his
theories and techniques.

The aim of this international symposium is to gather researchers and
artists/composers who consider their work to form part of Xenakis’s
legacy, either creative or scientific. In addition, joint sessions are
being planned to bring together researchers from the music field with
those in science (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics) and
mathematics (Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences).
Proposals which in some way bridge these disciplines are welcome.

This Symposium is being held in conjunction with soundaXis (1-12 June,
2006), a festival where, among much else, a number of compositions by
Iannis Xenakis will be performed at various venues in and around
Toronto by the leading new music ensembles of the region (see for details).

Submission Information:
Submit by electronic mail an abstract of your proposed
paper/presentation (c. 500 words). Please be sure to address how you
are supporting the particular aim of this symposium in your proposal.
Include a short bio (c. 100 words), and include a listing of technical

Deadline: 15 September 2005
Submission address:

Organizing Committee:
James Harley, University of Guelph
Gage Averill, University of Toronto
Michael Duschenes, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Thomas Salisbury, Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences

Scientific Committee:
Richard Barrett (independent musician/researcher)
Benoit Gibson (Universidade de Évora/Escola Superior de Música de
James Harley (University of Guelph/Computer Music Journal)
Peter Hoffmann (Technische Universität Berlin)
Sharon Kanach (independent researcher/artist)
Raymond Laflamme (Institute for Quantum Computing/Perimeter Institute
for Theoretical Physics)
Gerard Pape (CCMIX, Paris)
Curtis Roads (University of California, Santa Barbara)
John Rahn (University of Washington/Perspectives of New Music)
Makis Solomos (Université de Montpellier 3/Institut Universitaire de

James Harley
tel: +1 (519) 824-4120 x52989

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