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Xenakis: Electronic Music 2 - Hibiki Hana Ma, Polytope De Cluny

Xenakis,Iannis
Release Date: 11/25/2008 
Label:  Mode   Catalog #: 203  
Composer:  Iannis Xenakis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Xenakis Edition Volume 9 - Electronic Works 2

Hibiki Hana Ma (1969-70) (17:45)
electroacoustic work for 8-channel tape
World premiere recording

Polytope de Cluny (1972-74) (24:26)
electroacoustic work for 8-channel tape

Plus, on the DVD only:
NEG-ALE (1960) (8:08)
for piccolo, horn, cello, and percussion
with the film "Vasarely"
First commercial release

This volume collects two of Xenakis' multi-channel works from the 1970s, along with a long-lost film soundtrack (on the DVD only). Restored from the best quality source materials.

A new high-resolution transfer was created from the original analog master
Read more tape for POLYTOPE DE CLUNY.

HIBIKI HANA MA has been restored from the multi-track digital masters. (This is audio only on the DVD).

HIBIKI HANA MA was created for the Expo 1970 World's Fair in Osaka, Japan, where it was experienced by thousands. It was designed to be played on a tape loop in a hall which boasted state-of-the-art acoustic equipment, with some 700 speakers scattered under the floor plus 128 surface and suspended speakers symmetrically distributed throughout the pavilion's amphitheater.

Both works were mixed for 5.1 surround and stereo by composer Gerard Pape, who worked with Xenakis and was the director of Xenakis' CCMIX studio in Paris.

Essays by Sharon Kanach and Makis Solomos.

SPECIAL DVD FEATURES

* In 1960, Xenakis composed the music NEG-ALE for P. Kassovitz's "Vasarely", an abstract film on the artwork of Op-Art master Victor Vasarely. The film has been restored from a 16mm print, the audio remastered. This DVD respresents the first commercial release of both the film and the music.
* POLYTOPE DE CLUNY is accompanied by images of the actual production from the Festival d'Automne.
* Dolby Digital and 24-bit DTS 5.1 Surround Sound.
* Uncompressed 96khz/24-bit PCM stereo mix.
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Works on This Recording

1. Polytope de Cluny by Iannis Xenakis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; Paris, France 
2. Hibiki Hana Ma by Iannis Xenakis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969-1970 
3. Neg-ale by Iannis Xenakis
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1960 

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