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