Set theory in Xenakis' EONTA
AbstractThis paper offers an analysis of EONTA based on Set Theory. Using Xenakis' score, we reconstruct the original pitch sets and their logical operations. A comparison with the sets actually employed in EONTA reveals significant incongruities. These could be attributed to material conditions in the production of the work (hand-processed cards for the IBM 7090 computer). A far more interesting possibility emerges, however, if we place them in the context of Parmenides' philosophy, to which the work pays homage. This approach may reconcile technical analysis and hermeneutics, and thus lead to a deeper appreciation of the work.
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