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Stockhausen, Karlheinz (1928-
), German composer, who was one of the most prominent avant-garde composers
of the mid-20th century. He was born in Cologne. In 1953 Stockhausen helped
found Cologne's important Electronic Music Studio. His works include the
wind quintet Time
Measure (1956); Gruppen (1955-1957), written for three orchestras; Zyklus
(1961), for solo percussionist; the multimedia work Beethausen, opus 1970,
von Stockhoven (1970); and the chamber works Ylem (1973) and Tierkreis
(1977). Youthsong (1956) projects a singing boy's voice, mingled with electronic
sounds, through five spatially separated loudspeakers.
In the book _Stockhausen: towards A Cosmic Music_, the German avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen describes the human body as an indredibly complicated vibrating instrument of perception. The composer, who travels the vast spaceways that link electronic music and mysticism, argues that the "esoteric" is simply that which cannot yet be explained by science.
"Every genuine composition makes conscious something of this esoteric realm. This process is endless, and there will be more and more esotericism as knowledge and science become increasingly capable of revealing human beings as perceivers." And transmitters as well. Spiritual or not, we are beings of vibrating sensation, floating in an infinite sea of pulsing waves that roll and resonate between the synapse and the farthest star.
- Erik Davis - _Techgnosis:
& Mysticism In The Age Of Information_
"Using a pulse generator, volume meter and feedback filter, Stockhausen spent six months breaking down every element of human speech and matching it to every conceivable sound from sine tone to white noise...The debut performance of _Song of the Youths_...caused uproar and applause. Electronic music was here to stay..."
From _The Ambient
Century_ - Mark Prendergast
Paul McCartney listened to composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, a messiah in the world of electronic music but to the mid-60s pop star an unknown commodity. It was the German's 1956 'plick-plop' piece t - _Gesang der Junglinge_, a boy's voice construed and converted with a panoply of electronic sounds, that inspired McCartney to utilize his Brennell tape recorders for less conventional purposes, as Stockhausen himself had done the previous decade. McCartney, an advocate of all things melodious, had undergone a reformation of thought, no longer subscribing to the ingrained belief that rhythm, time signatures and even melody were essential.
expanded incredibly in their consummate masterpiece, _Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band_ (Parlophone: June 1, 1967). The album was a potpourri
of rock 'n' roll, Western classical music, Indian classical music, early
20th-century vaudeville music, and modern electronic music employing compositional
techniques such as indeterminacy and playing tapes backwards, as pioneered
by the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen whose photo appeared on the album
cover along with a host of other celebrities.
From: azure!gregg (azure!gregg)
Subject: surreal jokes
Date: 1982-02-10 10:54:21 PST
It was reported today by UPI that Salvador Dali was knighted Sir Real.
Salvador Dali likes to eat Raisin Bran, Grape Nuts, and Wheat Chex for breakfast.
Salvador Dali likes to listen to the music of Webern, Stockhausen, and Babbit.
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Have you seen that surrealistic painting about various types of food? It's by Salvador Deli.