Call for papers: “Xenakis’ Electroacoustic Music,” Université Paris 8

May 23-25, 2012: Xenakis’ electroacoustic works are relatively few in his whole production, but they are very important. Indeed, most of them – from Diamorphoses through to S.709: Concret PH, Bohor, Persepolis, Polytope de Cluny, La Légende d’Eer, Mycènes alpha, Voyage absolu des Unari vers Andromède, Gendy3… – punctuate the history of electroacoustic music as masterpieces full of originality and innovation. Besides, Xenakis worked both on musique concrète and with electronic music techniques, covering both fields of what is called electroacoustic music. Moreover, his polytopes, where technology plays a major role, are pioneer realizations in the history of multimedia art.

As they are composed at important moments of Xenakis’ evolution, these electroacoustic works can also be analyzed to understand the various aspects of his musical, theoretical, aesthetic and interdisciplinary thought: research on noise, granular theory, experimentations on spatialization, inter-artistic realizations… It is also important to notice the fact that these works have a strong relationship with his instrumental music (for instance, there are many affinities between La Légende d’Eer and the orchestral work Jonchaies).

This symposium wishes to gather researchers from all around the world – well-known specialists of Xenakis’ music or young researchers –, to analyze his electroacoustic music.

Proposals of papers should include an abstract of 600 to 1000 words (additional to a bibliography) and a short CV. They should be sent before the 1th of January 2012 to .

For complete details, please see the attached PDF document: CallXenakis .