Friday, 1 April 2016

Iannis Xenakis - La Légende d'Eer (1978; first rel. 1995)

One more Xenakis polytope for your listening pleasure, this one designed for the opening of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.  The construction plus music was known as 'Le Diatope', featuring this electroacoustic masterpiece as the soundtrack played within.

La Légende d'Eer might not have the monumental, solid metallic heft of the music for Persépolis, but overall this one has the edge for me, just because there's more to listen to as the piece slowly develops over its 46 minutes. It starts subtly, gradually weaving together high, whistling electronic tones before the mutated percussive elements are introduced.  This builds and builds until a throbbing synth is added to the mix, and the culminative effect becomes truly head-spinning.  Imagine listening to that on eleven speakers, with hundreds of lights and mirrors overhead, and it must truly have been one of the most overwhelming artistic events ever experienced.

La Légende d'Eer

2 comments:

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    1. Thanks for your comment. Coincidentally, I've just spent all afternoon listening to Eliane Radigue - will definitely post something by her on this blog at some point.

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