In an effort to expand on the work of Iannis Xenakis with the use of modern scripting and music mixing technology, this study provides a link between music  composition  and an  architectural topography .
  va·ri·a·tion  /,ver-ē-’ā-shen/  A study of the structural capabilities of electronic musical composition inspired by the conceptual work of Iannis Xenakis and his design for the Cité de la Musique in Paris. Xenakis' design included specifications for an iconic gridded stage in which elevations of individual rectangular platforms could be adjusted throughout a performance. 
 Music clips are recorded into the sound mixing software.  Rows are cued in succession, causing the illuminated pattern of arranged samples to move vertically across the grid throughout the duration of the composition.
 With the help of  Ableton Live  mixing software, a series of sonic variations are created through assorted combinations of eight recorded sound samples. 
 Arranged and cued with the 8x8 Novation Launchpad light grid, each sample version is assigned a column, allowing for varied sample combinations along each row.
 The resulting light pattern can be translated into elevations with the use of bitmap scripting techniques found in the generative modeling program, Grasshopper.   
 Stage topography produced from light pattern gradients
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