COMPUTER-AIDED TRANSFORMATIONAL ANALYSIS WITH TONE SIEVES

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

SMC Conference 2006 (2006)

URL:

files/proceedings/2006/20-SMC06NollAmAndAgon.pdf

Abstract:

Xenakis’ tone sieves belong to the first examples of theoretical tools whose implementational character has contributed to the development of computation in music and musicology. According to Xenakis’ original intuition, we distinguish between elementary sieves and compound ones and trace the definition of sieve transformations along the sieve construction. This makes sense if the sieve construction is considered as part of the musical meaning. We explore this by analyzing Scriabin’s Study for piano Op. 65 No. 3 by means of intersections and unions of wholetone and octatonic sieves. On the basis of this example we also demonstrate some aspects of the implementation of sieve-theory in Open-Music and thereby suggest further applications in computer-aided music analysis.