Celebrating the Music and Legacy
of Iannis Xenakis
May 24–25, 2013

The Fields Institute, together with the Perimeter Institute and the Institute for Quantum Computing in Waterloo present a two-day festival of contemporary string quartet, percussion, and electroacoustic music, together with lectures and discussion on the impact of Xenakis's work

Daniel Hambleton — Simulation as Inspiration: The Interdisciplinary Work of Iannis Xenakis

The simulation of scientific phenomena, visual or otherwise, can often yield crucial insights into the relationship between seemingly disparate sets of data. As useful as this is for scientific purposes, the act of simulation itself can also be extraordinarily beautiful. Throughout the work of Xenakis, architect and engineer, mathematician and composer, such technical simulations are instrumental in achieving the “formalized” music that Xenakis was dedicated to developing. In this talk, we will focus on following the interdisciplinary threads of Xenakis’s career by identifying and experimenting with ruled surfaces, stochastic methods, and game theory. Xenakis's representation of these scientific phenomena in his compositions and structures will then emerge as a balancing act between freely creative gestures and technically rigorous underpinnings; a combination that has resulted in a truly remarkable body of work.