A Conversation about Music between Iannis Xenakis and David Rosenboom 1983


Edited transcription of a conversation recorded on video that took place at Mills College in 1983, published in the book, Xenakis matters. Sharon Kanach (ed.). (Hillsdale, New York: Pendragon Press), xxx-xli.

In March of 1983, Rosenboom, a long-time admirer of the work of Iannis Xenakis, and then Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College in Oakland, California, arranged for Xenakis to have a residency at Mills during which Xenakis taught students, gave seminars and participated in concerts of his music. Sometime during that residency – the precise date is unknown – Rosenboom and Xenakis decided to engage in a conversation about music in front of a video camera in the Mills College Ensemble Room. They touched on a range of subjects, including music learning, the perception of musical forms, music cognition, cultural universals in music, and many other related matters.