The Concept of Entropy in Statistical Mechanics and Stochastic Music Theory


Originally appeared in the field of thermodynamics, the concept of entropy, especially in its statistical acceptation, has found applications in many different disciplines, both inside and outside science. In this work we focus on the possibility of drawing an isomorphism between the entropy of Boltzmann’s statistical mechanics and that of Xenakis’s stochastic music theory. We expose the major technical aspects of the two entropies and then consider affinities and differences between them, both at syntactic and at semantic level, hereto particularly referring to the philosophical problem of the asymmetry of time.

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Ivano Zanzarella
Ruhr-Universität Bochum


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