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Karlheinz Stockhausen Dead at 79
December 7, 2007 12:41 PM   Subscribe

RIP Karlheinz Stockhausen, 1928-2007.
posted by teletype1 (51 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
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posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 12:48 PM on December 7, 2007 [10 favorites]


HYMNEN was Lennon's inspiration for REVOLUTION #9 on the Beatles' White Album.

Ah. I've always been pretty ambivalent about that one.
posted by goethean at 12:49 PM on December 7, 2007


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I was fortunate enough to hear a performance of Hymnen at the SF Tape Music festival. What a harrowing experience.
posted by roll truck roll at 12:55 PM on December 7, 2007


Condolences to both of his wives.
posted by StickyCarpet at 12:57 PM on December 7, 2007


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posted by the sobsister at 12:57 PM on December 7, 2007


"No, but I once trod in some."
posted by Wolfdog at 12:58 PM on December 7, 2007


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posted by Dr-Baa at 1:04 PM on December 7, 2007


Dead person alert. Turn on the MeFi asshole magnet.
posted by erebora at 1:04 PM on December 7, 2007


Here's one of his visually intense works: the Helicopter String Quartet.
posted by myopicman at 1:04 PM on December 7, 2007


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posted by jonp72 at 1:11 PM on December 7, 2007


When I first glanced at this, I thought for a second someone had assassinated the key witness in a bribery scandal involving a former Canadian Prime Minister...
posted by kowalski at 1:12 PM on December 7, 2007


well, shit.
posted by Dantien at 1:22 PM on December 7, 2007


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posted by phrontist at 1:24 PM on December 7, 2007


Very sad. He was a huge inspiration to many, many purveyors of atonal electronic anti-music, not to mention Can and Kraftwerk. He's whooping and yibbling at angels now.
posted by infinitywaltz at 1:29 PM on December 7, 2007


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R.I.P., Stocky.
posted by porn in the woods at 1:29 PM on December 7, 2007


In his biography he is described as relating with some satisfaction having received a letter addressed to "Stockhausen, Germany," from a crank who hated his music.
posted by StickyCarpet at 1:33 PM on December 7, 2007 [1 favorite]



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posted by [@I][:+:][@I] at 1:36 PM on December 7, 2007


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posted by StickyCarpet at 1:38 PM on December 7, 2007


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posted by ludwig_van at 1:44 PM on December 7, 2007


Aww.
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posted by nonreflectiveobject at 2:29 PM on December 7, 2007


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posted by SansPoint at 2:35 PM on December 7, 2007


The first ~4'50" of this single-link youtube post is The lad searches the night for his newts, a nun suit painted on some old boxes and some other bits of ersatz Karlheinz that I enjoy, both on its own merits and for its uncanny resemblance to its inspiration.
posted by jfuller at 2:45 PM on December 7, 2007


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posted by SmileyChewtrain at 3:00 PM on December 7, 2007


This reminds me to get a subscription to Le Monde. The New York Times seems to suggest that he is only relevant because of Lennon, Zappa, and (shudder) techno. The Guardian's obit. is particularly horrible.

He wrote some strange and beautiful music. He will be missed.
posted by Raoul de Noget at 3:19 PM on December 7, 2007


Check out this page from one of his scores (Elektronische Studien II).
posted by ludwig_van at 3:24 PM on December 7, 2007


that sucks.
posted by msconduct at 3:39 PM on December 7, 2007


He was a huge inspiration to many, many purveyors of atonal electronic anti-music, not to mention Can and Kraftwerk.

Not to mention that he was the only classical composer honored on the front cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
posted by jonp72 at 3:41 PM on December 7, 2007


He was pretty great, pretty damn great. I've really enjoyed a lot of his music, but there's a whole lot I haven't heard yet, and I really should check out more of it.

Here's a fine performance (in someone's living room, it appears) of Stockhausen's Set Sail For The Sun. The video goes black at 1:12 (one of the players turns out the light, simple as that!) which seems poetically appropriate today.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:41 PM on December 7, 2007


as a work of art, his death pales in comparison to the genius of the terrorist attacks of september 11, 2001.
posted by ism at 3:46 PM on December 7, 2007 [1 favorite]


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posted by Foosnark at 3:56 PM on December 7, 2007


an amazing man.
posted by Espoo2 at 4:23 PM on December 7, 2007


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posted by rhizome23 at 4:30 PM on December 7, 2007


I'll be tuning the shortwave under the stars in his honor tonight, then.
posted by mykescipark at 5:08 PM on December 7, 2007


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posted by Wolof at 5:49 PM on December 7, 2007


I think Boulez is gonna try to top that and jump from the Eiffel Tower or sommat.
posted by surrendering monkey at 5:52 PM on December 7, 2007


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posted by klausness at 6:02 PM on December 7, 2007


The only thing of his I've heard is Mantra, bits of which have been coming up when I've got the iPod set on shuffle. It's a bit obnoxious at first, but the ring modulated piano sound really grows on you.
posted by Lentrohamsanin at 6:14 PM on December 7, 2007


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posted by SageLeVoid at 6:47 PM on December 7, 2007


In Friendship .
…for love is stronger than death.
posted by hortense at 9:55 PM on December 7, 2007


I'm glad he managed to finish his giant opera Licht, and that they're going to perform it next year. That thing will be like the new ring cycle.

And so what if he called sept11th a work of art?? Who gives a fuck?
"Only as an aesthetic phenomenon is the world eternally justified"
posted by leibniz at 12:31 AM on December 8, 2007


On whether he said the Sept. 11th attacks were a great work of art.

To spare you the suspense, he didn't actually say that. He said it was a the art-work of Satan. It was ripped out of context and mangled by a journalist.

Stockhausen was a great artist. I am glad he lived as long as he did.
posted by Kattullus at 12:48 AM on December 8, 2007


Stockhausen was a great artist. I am glad he lived as long as he did.

I couldn't have said it better; the world is richer for his having been in it.
posted by LooseFilter at 1:50 AM on December 8, 2007


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posted by Eothele at 10:09 AM on December 8, 2007


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I teared up when I saw this last night. Funny how sometimes you don't realize how much someone means to you until . . .

If you ever get a chance to see the Brothers Quay movie In Absentia, for which Stockhausen composed the soundtrack, you absolutely must. I was already somewhat turned on to Stockhausen when I saw that, but that sealed it for me -- a truly life-changing auditory (and visual) experience.


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posted by treepour at 10:43 AM on December 8, 2007


Oh my god, nooooooooooo !!

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posted by seawallrunner at 9:44 AM on December 9, 2007


I don't really know much about his music, but the fact that some crazy bonkers german guy was out there creating the strangest things possible made me very happy indeed.

You need people like that.
posted by sgt.serenity at 9:00 PM on December 9, 2007


I don't really know much about his music...

There's some fine pieces you can hear at this Stockhausen MySpace page.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 1:42 AM on December 10, 2007


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