Music 405: Analytical Systems in 20thC Music

this semester's topic:


(Fall 2008)

A survey of the logical tools introduced in the theory and practice of music composition by Iannis Xenakis, Lejaren Hiller, and others. Intended for musicians with limited familiarity with mathematics. Among the topics to be discussed are:

Basic texts.

Iannis Xenakis Formalized Music
Lejaren Hiller Experimental Music
Abraham Moles Information Theory and Aesthetic Perception
Gareth Loy Musimatics
Various articles from
  • The Computer Music Journal
  • Interface
  • Leonardo

The final grade will be based on two quizzes (15% each), two assignments (15% each), and a class project (40%).

You can contact Sever Tipei at 333-6689, visit his office (Rm 5052 MB) during office hours or


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