Fans of Xenakis’s Pithoprakta need to listen to Gerard Grisey’s Le noir de l’etoile. In the late 50s, architect/composer Xenakis expressed what he heard and felt during his time in the Greek resistance, using deep math to generate his pieces, evoking (for me) rainfall, rocks caught in a strong current, bullets flying by ears and choirs of shouting voices.
This piece of Grisey’s, inspired by the discovery of pulsars, comes from similar sound world to my ears. Natural phenomena made flesh through notation, though I can’t say exaclty what phenomena yet. Beautiful piece – I can’t stop spinning it this week. The Boston Globe wrote a great intro to this piece here.
Here’s Pithoprakta, in case you haven’t heard it: