Recent posts tagged Karlheinz Stockhausen


The Artificers

Something is not "artificial" because of its means of production, but if the act of producing it, in whatever form, goes against your inner convictions.


Astonish Me Dept.

"I demand two things from a composer: invention, and that he astonish me." What did Stockhausen mean by this?


Not Fade Away Dept.

Looks like I wasn't alone in feeling that SF is losing its luster, but that just makes my job as a creator of same all the tougher.


Klanggalerie Dept.

On the face of the evidence, Karlheinz Stockhausen's Mantra is that composer's most widely-recorded and -performed piece. There's the Bevan/Mikashoff recording which I reviewed; the Kontarsky version issued through Deutsche Grammophon / Stockhausen Verlag; the Corver/Grotenhuis version (Stockhausen's alleged favorite,...


Kontakte (Karlheinz Stockhausen)

Really, this is where it all started with me. Before Godflesh and Merzbow, before Meat Beat Manifesto and Suicide, before John Cage even, there was Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Kontakte, recorded over fifty years ago and yet still sounding timeless. Our ears,...


Mantra (Karlheinz Stockhausen)

Almost everything that German 20th-century composer Karlheinz Stockhausen has done has invigorated or fascinated me in a number of different ways. I stumbled across an LP of his legendary tape piece Kontakte in the public library and was forever fascinated...

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