Iannis Xenakis

Iannis Xenakis

"After La Legende d'Eer in 2016, the Perihel series presents one of the milestones of electroacoustic music: Iannis Xenakis' mind-blowing 54-minute Persepolis.

"Persepolis is the longest electroacoustic composition by Xenakis (1922-2001) who ranks among the most influential 20th century avantgarde composers. Commissioned by the Persian Shah, the piece was part of a multimedia performance of Xenakis' so-called 'polytopes', which premiered in 1971 in Shiraz-Persepolis (Iran) as a performance including light-tracks, laser beams, groups of children walking around with torches and 59 loudspeakers to project the music in an open-air situation. Xenakis had realized Persepolis on 8-track analogue tape in the Studio Acusti in Paris and released a stereo reduction on vinyl in the famous Philips series Prospective 21e Siecle in 1972, adding the new subtitle 'We bear the light of the earth', his most hymnal title ever.

"Out of print for decades now, the LP became - especially the Japanese edition from 1974 - one of the most expensive collector's items of electroacoustic music. There were some later CD versions with different durations - some too long due to a wrong sample rate, others shortened by 3 minutes due to other reasons. The Perihel series now presents a new version: mixed from the original (!) master 8 track tapes by longtime Zeitkratzer sound engineer Martin Wurmnest and mastered by Rashad Becker at D&M." - Karlrecords




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