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For the first time in Greece the exhibition 'IANNIS XENAKIS'S UPIC' , An exhibition by the Centre Iannis Xenakis, France


Dates: 20th February - 4th of April 2015 [ Everyday from 12.00 - 17.00] [Saturday 13.00 - 17.00]

CLOSED ON : 13th - 14th and 25th of March 2015

The exhibition traces Iannis Xenakis’s own relationship with regards to the history of electro-acoustic music, and in particular, his brilliant invention of a “drawing board for music,” the UPIC.

In the 1950s, the composer Iannis Xenakis discovered the pertinence of the relationships between drawing and music. CEMAMu, the research center founded by Xenakis, created, in the 1970s, the first prototype of the UPIC, which stands for Unité Polyagogique Informatique du CEMAMu (Centre d’Études de Mathématiques et Automatique Musicales), a machine capable of transforming hand drawings into music, both on the micro level (determining each sound parameter) and on the macro level of an entire work.

Music can henceforth be composed on a graphic interface by drawing waveforms and amplitude envelopes; everything can be controlled by hand, from the micro to the macro-structure.

In 1987, the CEMAMu produced the first real-time version of the UPIC. The user can immediately hear the musical transcription of his/her drawings. A PC version is implemented in 1991, followed by the first fully software version of the UPIC, created under the name UPIX, in 2001. Many composers and composition students attended sessions at Les Ateliers UPIC (founded in 1985), which was renamed CCMIX in 2001, to become, simply, the Centre Iannis Xenakis in 2009, following a complete reorganization of the not-for-profit association where transdisciplinarity (music/architecture, but also arts/sciences), so dear to Xenakis, may be fully and freely explored. The CIX is housed at the Université de Rouen (France) under the auspices of the research lab Groupe de Recherche d’Histoire (GRHis).


Exhibition by: Centre Iannis Xenakis, France

CURATION: Rodolphe Burotte, Cyrille Delhaye and Daniel Teige

The Athens Exhibition is organised by CMRC (Contemporary Music Research Center) and Space Under centre for research

Exhibition design in the Athens Venue: Nota Tsekoura, Marilena Georgantzi, Morten Bulow


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