My latest feature for Guardian Film and Music went to press today – a preview of the ‘Visual Music’ concert and installation taking place at this year’s Spitalfields Festival:
There is a photograph, taken in the late 1970s, of Iannis Xenakis demonstrating his newest innovation to three schoolchildren. As the composer stands in front of a chunky microcomputer, mysteriously hooked up to a large architect’s drafting table, a small boy cheekily reaches up to touch the keyboard. The grinning Xenakis – a far cry from the ultra-rational modernist of legend – is clearly in his element.
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Details of the concert can be found here. This year’s Spitalfields Festival has a special focus on Xenakis, including a Xenakis Pavilion, designed by architect Chris Dyson, and a performance by students of the Royal Academy of Music of the percussion masterpiece Pléïades.
Big thanks to Aleks and Leon for their time and cooperation.