The Stochastic Synthesis of Iannis Xenakis

  title={The Stochastic Synthesis of Iannis Xenakis},
  author={Sergio Luque},
  journal={Leonardo Music Journal},
  • Sergio Luque
  • Published 28 October 2009
  • Computer Science
  • Leonardo Music Journal
ABSTRACT In the late 1960s, composer, architect and theoretician Iannis Xenakis (1922–2001) began his research on stochastic synthesis: an approach to microsound synthesis that uses probability distributions to manipulate individual digital samples. He continued with this research for most of the 1970s and from the late 1980s until the end of his career. This article traces the aesthetic origins of this non-standard synthesis technique and gives a historical presentation of its development… 

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