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About the Author

James Harley, Canadian composer, writer, and educator, has written widely on contemporary music. His articles and reviews have also appeared in The Musical Times, Musicworks, Muzyka, Sonances, Leonardo, and TEMPO. He studied under Xenakis at the Université de Paris and carried out an extended residency at Centre d'Etudes Mathématiques et Automatique Musicales (CEMAMu), where he completed two compositions using the UPIC, Xenakis’s computer music system based on a graphic-design approach to synthesis.


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  • File Size: 1290 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 2, 2004)
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2004
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OT7V5O
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover
For any Xenakis scholar, musicologist or composer, this is a 5-star work, without a doubt. The only reason I give 4 is to alert the Xenakis listener that this is a reference work that does not lend itself to reading straight through. Harley is a composer who studied with Xenakis, and while he writes in understandable English, avoiding mathematics, it does not make for gripping reading to analyze each and every Xenakis composition in chronological order.

There is minimal context -- bare bones information on commissions, first performers and performances, and some biographical information at the beginning and scattered throughout -- but for the most part Harley's achievement is not one likely to be appreciated by the non-specialist.

I found Chapter 3 to be the most compelling: "From Architecture to Algorithm." The outline is:

"Metastaseis"
"Pithoprakta"
The Philips Pavilion
Musique Concrete
Stochastic Music
Game Theory
Symbolic Music
The ST Algorithm

It was in these years, from 1954 to 1961, that Xenakis made his name and made his great initial theoretical breakthroughs. My interest dropped off precipitously after that, with five more chapters to go, despite the fact that the bulk of Xenakis's best works were composed in the 1960s and 1970s.

In the later chapters I found most interesting the descriptions of his 1969 electro-acoustic masterpiece KRAANERG (commissioned as a ballet!), "Tetras" (1983), the best of his string quartets, and the polytopes -- installations for light and electro-acoustic sound.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By scarecrow VINE VOICE on October 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
James Harley knows perhaps more of Xenakis than most,He has been there at Seminars,and performances of Xenakis music, although here he does rely for reference numerous times on Matossian's excellent earlier book biography,(1981,translated, 1986); and the Interviews with Balent Andras Varga (1996); aside from that every work of Xenakis is written about herein; the compositional concepts surrounding each work, the context,performance,personnel and commissioning entity;All is organized in useful chapters in chronological means;Yet "flashpoints" that have animated Xenakis throughout his life; stochastic music,(the ST/ series of Works)use of early computer; symbolic music;architecture, and algorithm, the voice,Arborescences,Cosmic Conceptions;Polytopes,Sieves,Ensembles,Melody,Harmonic colour,Nonlinear Form, and the Late Works, Abstraction and Intensity;

Harley much of the time writes in program notes-like narrative, play by play, line by line;which can get tedious I found, but you feel his analytical voice is one of commitment to his subject;He makes an excellent teacher in this respect, wanting a greater audience to know his subject;And his subject is the discourse of modernity itself, and its development in music;Xenakis has been an enduring subject altering and giving alternative means in the construction,the paradigm of the "science" of music, always trying to find ancient universals,timeless means for how sound, timbre, density,complexity engages the present of logevity; the very face of music itself.
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Harley used to write for me when I was Classical Director at All Music Guide. He's good. Real good. This is a very important book about arguably the most under-rated and under-valued composer of the last century. (Where does the time go?) Like X? You need this.
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0 of 10 people found the following review helpful By bskb on March 7, 2011
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I received the book but it took almost three weeks. I ordered from eight other vendors, all others orders were received within 6 days. I would hestitate to use this vendor because of the time it takes to ship.
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