The UPIC System of Iannis Xenakis: Autoethnography as rapprochement

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As one of the core members of Les Ateliers UPIC in Paris during the 1980s, I perform a sort of autoethnography of my experiences teaching and composing with UPIC. Taking some cues from contemporary writers in Science and Technology Studies, I attempt to critique the breadth of purpose and the operative capabilities of Xenakis’s conception of the UPIC system, exploring the ways in which Xenakis’s initial impulse, derived from his work in Le Corbusier’s studio coupled with his desire to improve the speed and potential of mathematical modelling through the use of digital computers, found a rich seam of possibilities in UPIC’s unique interface and sense of social, as well as creative purpose.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMeta-Xenakis
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives On Iannis Xenakis’s Life, Work, And Legacies
EditorsPeter Nelson, Sharon Kanach
PublisherOpen Book Publishers
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024


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