"Titled Persepolis, in honor of the location in which it was to be performed, Xenakis composed a fifty-six minute, eight-track tape piece of musique concrète for the occasion. According to his former student James Harley's The Music of Iannis Xenakis (Routledge), Persepolis was broadcast out of 59 loudspeakers strategically placed amongst the audience, while lasers and spotlights created luminous patterns, evoking the Zoroastrian belief that light is eternal life. During the performance, bonfires burned in the distance, while children carried lit torches up hillsides surrounding the event, adding to the surreal, ritualistic nature of the performance. A noisy, apocalyptic-sounding piece distinguished by rising waves of intensity, Persepolis' debut must have been quite an experience for those lucky enough to be in attendance." (extract from the CD booklet)
The original recording of Persepolis (disk 1) was mixed in Paris INA-GRM and engineered in studio 116A by Daniel Teruggi, under the consultation of Iannis Xenakis. Disk 2 contains remixes of Persepolis fashioned by a host of international avant-garde musicians.
1. Iannis Xenakis - Persepolis