Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Conceptual artist Iannis Xenakis (who died in 2001) composed La Legende d'Eer, an electroacoustic work for seven-track tape, to commemorate the opening of the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 1978. It featured scattered shards of orchestral sound and cacophonous noises. Xenakis ran the tape continuously for several months straight (in a loop) as an aural accompaniment to the visual splendor of Le Diatope, a massive convex architectural structure he designed and built, fitted with four lasers, 400 mirrors, and 1680 pulsating lights. In the late seventies, documentarist Bruno Rastoin edited hundreds of images of the initial creation into a single film, which forever preserves the memory of Xenakis's exhibit. That film is now available in the home video release Legende d'Eer. The program features a soundtrack remastered from the seven-track tapes originally used in the exhibition, and a bonus interview with Xenakis conducted by musicologist Harry Halbreich.
multimedia-art, laser, light [natural], mirror, techno-music