Composers: Toward Infinity in Sound

Greece's avant-garde composer Iannis Xenakis has a lofty artistic goal: to pre side over the marriage of 20th century science and music. "The two can no longer exist apart," he insists. "Musicians are being forced to recognize all kinds of technical advances. Their job is to catch up with them and guide them." This may be somewhat easier for Xenakis (whose full name is pronounced Yahn-nis Zen-nahk-ess) than for some of his peers. An accomplished architect, engineer and philosopher as well as a composer, he is enough at home with an...

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