The Modulor By Le Corbusier

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The Modulor, is a dynamic and dissymmetrical description according to Corbusier, as mentioned in his first book of Modulor. He defines this work as the ‘gamma of harmonic measures to satisfy the human dimension, which is universally applicable to architecture and mechanics’. In his writings, Le Corbusier analyzes the phenomenon of sound, transdisciplinarity of rhythm and harmony, the mathematics of the universe and the secret exercise of arithmetics in musical compositions. In this way, his argument of normalization of construction is shifting to an architectural understanding of sound. This approach served as a model for Xenakis’ as he made a first experience in his orchestra piece Le Sacrifice in 1953, constructing the basis of the melodic series of 8 pitches together with 8 durations based on the Fibonicci numbers. The musical development of the piece is linked to its constant permuation of both sets of values. The ‘time’ scale is not conventional like the generic Western music where there is nothing unexpected, but in this work,…show more content…
The façade catches the eye with its continuous movement between individual proportions. This aspect, became Xenakis’ framework for his many pieces. His major composition, Metastesis consist of similar numerical proportions structured on mathematical ideas of Modulor. Along with Corbusier’s approach, Xenakis combined Einsteinian view of time which defines the latter as a function of matter and energy, meaning if one of those would change, eventually time would change too. This was the main character of distinction in Xenakis’ music. Instead of depending on strictly measured time for the progress of the line, he preferred a new perception of scoring, which relies on un-melodic themes that don’t need to be held together but may exist individually with a more realistic view of
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