Le Corbusier, E. Varese, I. Xenakis: Poeme électronique (1958)



Year of publication 2012
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The subject of this study is one of the first comprehensive multimedia pieces, consistently using electroacoustic material motion control in space. This piece was prepared for presentation of Philips Company, domiciled in Eindhoven, by three artists: Le Corbusier, Edgard Varese and Iannis Xenakis. In this piece, Poeme électronique in a broader sense stands for a comprehensive name for a collection of all artistic achievements, associated with the Philips Pavilion at the Brussels World Fair in 1958. And although this study tries to present an interpretation of the Poeme électronique project as a unique union of personal poetics by strong artistic individuals, analytical emphasis of the study is mainly on the audio element of this "total work of art". The importance of Poeme électronique, as regard our current perspective on the history of (electroacoustic) music and media art of the 20 century, in the recent years and decades has been proven not only by extensive foreign literature but also by various returns to this project in the form of attempts to achieve its physical or virtual reconstruction.
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