The UPIC System as an Instrument of Learning

Nelson, Peter


Organised Sound 2(1): 35-42.

Language: English

The conceptual basis of the UPIC system is described and discussed, in particular its relation to the work of its originator, Iannis Xenakis, to the science of acoustics and to the development of an intuitive graphic imagery. A possible pedagogical approach to musical creation using the resources of the UPIC is developed, and the particular pedagogical ethos of the system is emphasised. There follows a detailed description of the practical arrangements for a number of different workshop situations using the UPIC system in which the author has participated, and an evaluation of the outcomes of using the system in this way.