March 30th, 2013

Le Corbusier and Iannis Xenakis – Expo ’58 Philips Pavilion


Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)


Iannis Xenakis – GRM Works 1957-1962  (Recollection GRM)

“GRM Works 1957-1962 collects material recorded during the Greek composer and architect’s stint with Pierre Schaeffer’s highly influential Groupe de Recherches Musicales, a mid 20th century lodestone for electro-acousic composers and avant-garde musical operators..

The four works on the disc were recorded between 1958 and 1962. 1958′s ‘Concret PH’ was written to be played inside the spectacular Philips Pavilion at the Brussels World Fair, which Xenakis helped design (and subsequently took inspiration from in his major work Metastaseis). 1957-9′s ‘Diamorphoses’ tinkers around with “continutous variations of average or “statistical” heights”, and 1960′s ‘Orient-Occident’ was commissioned for an Enrico Fulchignoni film for UNESCO. 1962′s King Arthur-inspired ‘Bohor’ (dedicated to Schaeffer) is the latest of the pieces, with a 1968 recording making the cut.”  via







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