Iannis Xenakis – Rebonds B (2004)

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A very short but interesting documentary following the recording of Pedro Carneiro’s interpretation of Xenakis’ Okho, Psappha and Rebonds, three highly demanding pieces for percussion. The first part is a recording of a performance of Rebonds B in a Parisian church. The second section offers a brief insight into the recording process of such pieces, exploring technical and artistic issues surrounding the production of Carneiro’s interpretation. Differences between recording and performing are briefly addressed, centering on the need for the creation of dynamics and contrasts that are unreachable in the performance hall. The figure of the producer, so often neglected outside the field of pop music, is highlighted before turning on to short statements about Xenakis’ music, its mathematical apparatus and its profoundly physical nature. — Eye of Sound

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