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Set theory in Xenakis' EONTA

Chrissochoidis, I; Mitsakis, C; Houliaras, S; (2005) Set theory in Xenakis' EONTA. In: Georgaki, A and Solomos, M, (eds.) (Proceedings) International Symposium Iannis Xenakis. (pp. pp. 241-249). The National and Kapodistrian University: Athens, Greece. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper offers an analysis of EONTA based on Set Theory. Using Xenakis' score, we reconstruct the original pitch sets and their logical operations. A comparison with the sets actually employed in EONTA reveals significant incongruities. These could be attributed to material conditions in the production of the work (hand-processed cards for the IBM 7090 computer). A far more interesting possibility emerges, however, if we place them in the context of Parmenides' philosophy, to which the work pays homage. This approach may reconcile technical analysis and hermeneutics, and thus lead to a deeper appreciation of the work.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Set theory in Xenakis' EONTA
Event: International Symposium Iannis Xenakis
Location: Athens, Greece
ISBN: 9602144440
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://en.uoa.gr/
Additional information: Conference held between 18-20 May 2005, in Athens, Greece
Keywords: Xenakis, Iannis, Eonta, set theory, Parmenides
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/166688
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