Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 19–26 | Cite as

Iannis Xenakis:Architect of Light and Sound

Research Articles


Alessandra Capanna summarizes the life and work of Iannis Xenakis, who passed away on 4 February 2001.He was a musician, but above all he was a theorist and pure researcher who used mathematical thought as a basis for of his compositions. Because of this, his way of working more closely resembles that of a philosopher of science than that of an artist, whose instinctive creations are sometimes controlled only by aesthetical aims. he was also an architect. In 1956 Le Corbusier entrusted his sketches for the Philips Pavilion for the Brussels World’s Fair to Xenakis, who was charged to “translate them through mathematics”.


Alessandra Capanna Iannis Xenakis Stochastic music Philips Pavilion Le Corbusier polytope diatope 

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© Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RomeItaly

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