Dr Dimitris Exarchos

Staff details

Position Associate Lecturer
Department Music
Email d.exarchos (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7640
Dr Dimitris Exarchos

Dimitris is a theorist and musicologist specialising in contemporary music. He holds a PhD in Theory and Analysis from Goldsmiths. He has published in books and journals, delivered talks in the UK and abroad, organised symposia (Xenakis International Symposium; Notation in Contemporary Music; Compositional Aesthetics and the Political) at Goldsmiths' Contemporary Music Research Unit (CMRU) and curated concerts and events (Southbank Centre, Goldsmiths, Migrant Sound).

For a number of years he also taught Music Analysis and History at the University of Surrey. Recently he was a Research Fellow at the State Institute for Music Research in Berlin, Germany and is currently Visiting Research Fellow at CMRU. His research explores the intersections between post-structuralist philosophy and contemporary composition, including computational and mathematical approaches.


  • Musical Structure & Understanding (BMus)
  • Musicianship: Performance, Analysis, Composition (IFC)
  • Composition Portfolio (Bmus)
  • Mapping 20th Century Music (BMus)
  • Material Form & Structure (MMus)
  • Compositional Techniques (MMus)


Edited Journal

Exarchos, Dimitris , ed. 2011. Proceedings of the Xenakis International Symposium, Proceedings of the Xenakis International Symposium, .

Book Section

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2019. The Berlin sketches and Xenakis’s middle period style. In: Alfia Nakipbekova, ed. Exploring Xenakis: Performance, Practice, Philosophy. Wilmington, Delaware: Vernon Press, pp. 21-36. ISBN 9781622733231

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2015. Listening Outside of Time. In: M. Solomos, ed. Xenakis. La musique électroacoustique. L'harmattan.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2009. The Sieves of Iannis Xenakis. In: Timour Klouche and Thomas Noll, eds. Mathematics and Computation in Music First International Conference, MCM - Revised Selected Papers. Berlin, Germany: Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 419-429. ISBN 978-3-642-04578-3


Exarchos, Dimitris . 2019. Music's Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies. Edited by Sally Macarthur, Judy Lochhead, Jennifer Shaw. Abingdon, Oxon, Eng.: Routledge, 2016. (Review). Notes, 75(3), pp. 529-532. ISSN 0027-4380

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2018. The Skin of Spectral Time in Grisey's Le Noir de l’Étoile. Twentieth-Century Music, 15(1), ISSN 1478-5722

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2017. Reconceiving Structure in Contemporary Music: New Tools in Music Theory and Analysis. By Judy Lochhead (Review). Notes, 73(3), pp. 533-536. ISSN 0027-4380

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2016. Temporality in Xenakis and Ferneyhough. The Journal of Music and Meaning, ISSN 1603-7170

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2014. A Theory of Music Analysis: On Segmentation and Associative Organization by Dora A. Hanninen (review). Notes, 71(2), pp. 320-322.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2014. Xenakis, Sound, and the City. SNÆ #3. Papay Gyro Nights Art Festival Boogazine,

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2012. “Xenakis, Sound, and the City" [in Greek]. Ough.gr.,

Exarchos, Dimitris and Jones, Daniel. 2011. Sieve Analysis and Construction: Theory and Implementation. Xenakis International Symposium,

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2010. Notation, improvisation, writing: The early music of Roger Redgate. Beyond the Centres: Musical Avant-gardes since 1950,

Exarchos, Dimitris and Stamos, Yannis. 2008. Iannis Xenakis’s Writing and Outside-Time Musical Structures. 4th Conference on Interdisciplinary Musicology,

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2007. Injecting Periodicities: Sieves as Timbres. 4th Sound and Music Computing Conference,

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2005. Inside/Outside Time: Metabolae in Xenakis’s Tetora. Definitive Proceedings of the “International Symposium Iannis Xenakis” (Athens, May 2005),

Conference or Workshop Item

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2019. 'Scelsi, Sense, and the Musical Matter'. In: Music and Materialisms: A Free One-day Conference. Visconti Studio, Kingston University, United Kingdom 23rd February 2019.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2018. 'On the Work of Modern Composition'. In: Composing Music Today. Lisbon, Portugal 21-23 November 2018.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2018. 'On the Work of Analysis and Composition'. In: ENIM 2018: 8th Conference On Musical Research. Porto, Portugal 8-10 November 2018.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2018. 'Analysis and Composition as Research'. In: Can Musical Conservatism be Progressive? 2nd Annual Conference of the Critical Theory for Musicology Study Group. University of London, Senate House, United Kingdom 12th–13th January 2018.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2017. 'Roger Redgate’s Compositional Thinking and the Limits of Writing'. In: Writing About Contemporary Artists: Challenges, Practices and Complexities. University of Surrey,, United Kingdom 20 October 2017 - 22 October 2017.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2017. 'The Berlin sketches and Xenakis's middle period style'. In: Exploring Xenakis: Performance, Practice, Philosophy. School of Music, University of Leeds, United Kingdom 12 September 2017.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2016. 'Indeterminism in Cage & Xenakis'. In: Anglo-Hellenic Modernism Workshop. School of Advanced Study, Institute of English Studies, University of London, United Kingdom.

Exarchos, Dimitris and Antoniadis, Pavlos. 2013. 'Notation and Temporality in Ferneyhough and Xenakis'. In: Notation in Contemporary Music: Composition, Performance, Improvisation. Contemporary Music Research Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom 18-20.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2013. 'Sonority and Proportionality in Xenakis’s Dikhthas'. In: Empirics, Computation, Mathematics, Science & Technology in Music and Acoustical Signal Analysis III. Berlin, Germany 04 July - 1 September 2013.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2012. 'Listening Outside of Time'. In: Xenakis: The electroacoustic music. Paris, France 23-25 May 2012.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2010. 'Symmetry and Periodicity in the Sieves of Xenakis’s Shaar'. In: Empirics, Computation, Mathematics, Science & Technology in Music and Acoustical Signal Analysis II. Berlin, Germany 9-28 August 2010.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2006. 'Concerning Sieve-based Composition'. In: The Creative and Scientific Legacies of Iannis Xenakis Conference. University of Guelph/Fields Institute/Perimeter Institute, Canada 8-10 June 2006.

Exarchos, Dimitris . 2006. 'Iannis Xenakis as Composer and Theorist'. In: Society for Music Analysis TAGS Day. Southampton, United Kingdom.


Hollis, Simon and Exarchos, Dimitris . 2017. Grid.


Exarchos, Dimitris . 2008. Iannis Xenakis and Sieve Theory: An Analysis of the Late Music (1984-1993). Doctoral thesis, Goldsmiths, University of London