Scrivener's Monthly: Yann Chateigné Tytelman Discussing Xenochronies

Apr 23, 2013



Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


8:00 p.m.


As part of Scrivener’s Monthly, Yann Chateigné Tytelman presented a talk in which he traced the musical strategy of xenochrony through the work of various visual artists. Derived from the Greek xenos (“strange” or “alien”) and chronos (“time”), xenochrony is a studio-based technique developed in the early 1960s by composer Frank Zappa. Xenochrony is executed by extracting a guitar solo or other musical part from its original context and placing it into a completely different song. Beginning with Zappa, Chateigné Tytelman discussed artistic examples that employ similar experimental techniques of montage, ellipses, rhythm, chance, and disorder to displace time and produce new forms of composition.

Scrivener’s Monthly was a series of public presentations that explored the space between material practices and spoken words. Set alongside exhibitions at Western Front, this experiment in “not publishing” involved readings, performances, and other articulations.

Presented in partnership with DIM Cinema as part of the program Mirage of History at The Cinematheque.

Video documentation of this event is available upon request.

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