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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Evryali (Shall Be Exalted?)

Johnson's Rambler (no relation) hosts this awesome clearinghouse of YouTubed contemporary music, which, okay, you've probably seen already. I'd have to say that one composer who benefits most greatly from the A/V treatment is Iannis Xenakis, whose music is actually designed to be heard as a set of points and curves. My father the schoolteacher might say that I am a visual learner, so it does give me a greater appreciation of Xenakis's stuff to get a virtual tour of, say, his sketches for Metastasis (best viewed full screen): or the "score" for Mycenae Alpha (ditto—also, be warned, it is loud and nasty): but my favorite online Xenakimation, again thanks to the Rambler, is the side-scrollin' Evryali graph that John Mark Harris has whipped up to accompany his performance of the (literally unperformable) piece, so you can watch it roll by like player-piano music. Has anybody performed Xenakis on Disklavier? (Defeats the purpose, I know, but still interesting.) Conversely, has anybody come up with MIDIfied visual maps like this for the music of Conlon Nancarrow? Would be fascinating to see...

11 comments:

Aaron said...

Great stuff. Shows his music in the way I hope that he would want it to be heard. Shows the architect and mathematician in him.

Anonymous said...

There is a barrel organ version of Herma.

Curmudgeon Extraordinaire said...

Yes, this is all very cool material but isn't it a little late for valentine's day?

Grrg said...

anonymous person: why not give us a link?

(Or, as the kids say, "LLoGtFO"... not that I would descend to that level of vilgarity.)

Dan Johnson said...

Grrg: I found that barrel-organ Herma on YouTube... I think you'll agree it is kind of amazing:

Herma - Iannis Xennakis

Curmudgeon Extraordinaire said said...

Could you kindly provide a link?

Curmudgeon Extraordinaire said said...

whoops. my bad.

Grrg said...

I hate you, Daniel Stephen Johnson. I hate you to hell!

Curmudgeon Extraordinaire said...

grrg, please have a sense of humor! Dan's a very sweet man and wouldn't want to make anyone feel bad.

Dan Johnson said...

Grrg just got RENEE ROLLED!!!!!!1!

Ell.

Oh.

Ell.

Straussmonster said...

Ahahaha you clever bastard, you went and did it!

(disclaimer to all: this is, of course, an affectionate use of the word, given how hard I was laughing over the idea a few weeks ago)