STOCKHAUSEN – SPIRAL

February 1, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

An extract of my interpretation of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s SPIRAL (1968)

The shortwave radio is coming from the internet thanks to the Wide Band SDR made available to the public by the University of Twente (Netherlands), all the rest is performed at the modular synthesizer Make Noise.

The performance still is not perfect, the helmet does not make life easy while reading the score and using the synthesizer, nevertheless this recording is a step ahead in my understanding of this piece.

I hope you will enjoy it.
Please take with some humour.

Helmet made by FBFX London
Costume by Barbara Livecchi
The Score is published by UNIVERSAL Editions

Likely the last interview of M° Karlheinz Stockhausen

July 2, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

From Book/DVD:
TECH STUFF Video Manual of Electronic Music

Extract from a one hour interview contained in the DVD.
This is likely the last interview of M° Karlheinz Stockhausen

2007 production: /QOOB/MTV/Thebox films/
Printed by Isbnedizioni (isbnedizioni.it/​catalogo/​varia/​tech-stuff/ )

Language is Italian and English both on DVD and Book

Chris Aquilo – Arp Axxe + Stockhausen One

March 26, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

jamming with part of stockausen one and arp axxe. Stockhausen One is part of a prototype of a frequency Modulation Synthesizer designed by Chris Aquilo.

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Stockhausen: “Telemusik”

January 30, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Karlheinz Stockhausen: “Telemusik” (1966) Electronic music.

Sources for information contained in the annotations to this video: “Stockhausen, A Biography” by Michael Kurtz, “Stockhausen, Life and Work” by Karl H. Wörner, “The Works of Stockhausen” by Robin Maconie, “Towards a Cosmic Music” by Karlheinz Stockhausen

Stockhausen – A piece of electro-acoustic music utilizing both synthesized and vocal sounds

October 13, 2010 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Karlheinz Stockhausen: “Gesang der Junglinge” (Song of the Youths) (1955-56). A piece of electro-acoustic music utilizing both synthesized and vocal sounds. The vocal syllables are derived from the “Song of the Youths in the Fiery Furnace” from Daniel. Unfortunately, due to the time constraints of youtube videos, the last couple of minutes of this beautiful and historically important work of Stockhausen,were deleted from this recording.”

You can find a great interview with Stockausen here. Stockhausen was given some music by Aphex Twin, Plasticman, Scanner and Daniel Pemberton. You can find his critique in the interview.

As this site is primarily about the gear:

“Going back to Kreuzspiel – that was around the time you first started using technology…

‘Yes. 1952 I started working in the studio for musique concrete, of the French radio. Because I was very intrigued by the possibility to compose one’s own sound. I was allowed to work in the studio of Pierre Scaeffer: I made artificial sounds, synthetic sounds, and I composed my first étude: Étude Concrète. At the same time, I was extremely curious, and went to the musée de L’homme in Paris with a tape recorder and microphones, and I recorded all the different instruments of the ethnological department: Indonesian instruments, Japanese instruments, Chinese instruments; less European instruments because I knew them better, but even piano sounds… Then I analysed these sounds one by one, and wrote down the frequencies which I found and the dynamic level of the partials of the spectra, in order to know what the sound is made of, what the sound is, as a matter of fact; what is the difference between a lithophone sound or, let’s say, a Thai gong sound of a certain pitch. And very slowly I discovered the nature of sounds. The idea to analyse sounds gave me the idea synthesize sounds. So then I was looking for synthesizers or the first electronic generators, and I superimposed vibrations in order to compose spectra: timbres. I do this now, still, after 43 years.

Remember this was composed before the synthesizer as an instrument wasn’t really invented although oscillators where available however digital samplers was not invented until mid 1970s. Even more, this was composed for a multi-speaker listening experience not unlike the current surround solutions, obviously lost in the Youtube track.

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