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"I originated in 1954 a music constructed from the principle of indeterminism; two years later I named it "stochastic music." The laws of the calculus of probabilities entered composition through musical necessity… But other paths also let to the same stochastic crossroad -- first of all, natural events such as the collision of hail or rain with hard surfaces, or the song of cicadas in a summer field. These sonic events are made out of thousands of isolated sounds; this multitude of sounds, seen as a totality, is a new sonic event. This mass event is articulated and forms a plastic mold of time, which itself follows aleatory and stochastic laws. If one then wishes to form a large mass of point-notes, such as string pizzicati, one must know these mathematical laws, which in any case, are no more than a tight and concise expression of a chain of logical reasoning… "
-- Iannis Xenakis, from Formalized Music, 1955
This release of Kraanerg contains extensive liner notes from Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky.
Cat. number: ASP 0975
Recorded live 12th November 1996 at the Great Hall in Cooper Union, NYC. The composer supervised the rehearsals on 11th and 12th November and was present for this performance.