Another great, strange, German outsider I rarely get what he s talking about, which makes reading no less inspiring. I ve been on a Stockhausen spree lately I ve compiled a list of all the pieces I ve got recordings of by him, I ve been looking at some scores, I ve been listening to the recordings over over Stockhausen died last December w him goes one of the last of the composers that were so important to me in my youth Cage, Messian, Feldman, Xenakis now Stockhausen I m listening to his Kontakte the version that includes intrumentalists as I write this I have 3 Stockhausen bks I definitel I ve been on a Stockhausen spree lately I ve compiled a list of all the pieces I ve got recordings of by him, I ve been looking at some scores, I ve been listening to the recordings over over Stockhausen died last December w him goes one of the last of the composers that were so important to me in my youth Cage, Messian, Feldman, Xenakis now Stockhausen I m listening to his Kontakte the version that includes intrumentalists as I write this I have 3 Stockhausen bks I definitely read this one I definitely read one of the other 2 but I m not sure wch one so I ll be taking an educated guess Stockhausen definitely took a few knocks in his life his mom was in an insane asylum was one of the 1st people executed by the nazis in their racial cleansing His dad was a nazi As a friend of mine sd Sounds conflicted Even as an old man, he had trouble getting his massive wk long opera performed at one point the Italian musicians revolted in typical union style against the long hrs of rehearsal required Stockhausen incorporated the revolt into the opera Henry Flynt protested Stockhausen s Originale when it was performed in NYC but then Flynt s a musical retard in contrast to Stockhausen So, to hell w you Henry Stockhausen s former assistant, Cornelius Cardew, wrote a whole bk denouncing him called Stockhausen Serves Imperialism For that matter, even I ve had criticisms of the guy his rejection of master trombonist Vinko Globokar s claim of co authorship in the structured improvisations From the 7 Days Stockhausen s having fasted for 7 days while he wrote those pieces b c he was upset over artist wife s Mary Bauermeister leaving him doesn t impress me much either I ve fasted for 28 days so whatever BUT THE MUSIC, the music It s absolutely wunderbar So, forget the rest, Stockhausen, I miss you already If a genius is someone whose ideas survive all attempts at explanation , writes the well known contemporary musicologist Robin Maconie, then by that definition Stockhausen is the nearest thing to Beethoven this century has produced Reason His music lastsWith penetrating philosophical and spiritual insights Stockhausen describes, in this collection of lectures and interviews conducted in English, a whole new universe of sounds and events Stockhausen s uncompromising attitude to conventional aesthetics has made him one of the world s most admired musicians The Independent Let there be no doubt that he is a giant, a monster cartographer of massive new spaces Tempo The great innovator of the s and s is still a fountain of ideas Stockhausen on Music shows the extrordinary range of his mind The Sunday Times Fascinating collection of Stockhausen talking about music I really enjoyed this book It filled me we great ideas I was surprised at how easy it was to understand I assumed that because Stockhausen was such an innovator, his ideas might be difficult to grasp But he was very clear and thorough He seems to me a composer who looks at sound and music from a wide angle, and then also from a microscopic angle waveshape, filters, etc He had many great ideas about concert presentation, as far as audience location, mobility, and interaction There were I really enjoyed this book It filled me we great ideas I was surprised at how easy it was to understand I assumed that because Stockhausen was such an innovator, his ideas might be difficult to grasp But he was very clear and thorough He seems to me a composer who looks at sound and music from a wide angle, and then also from a microscopic angle waveshape, filters, etc He had many great ideas about concert presentation, as far as audience location, mobility, and interaction There were some things he said that could be great advice for improvisers And I really like his ideas of music education I look forward to checking outStockhausen records CDs are in the mail , and I will certainly refer back to this book for insight on the pieces that I listen to me resulta indispensable la sensaci n de riesgo Entrar amos as en el terreno de la metaf sica La mayor de la gente no suele seguirme en ese nivel, pero estoy convencido de que las pruebas tangible de mi obra, el material electroac stico, podr a destruirse sin que ello importase mucho, ya que lo que permanece es la fuerza interior que me impulsa a llevar a t rmino una obra La idea que toma forma y se materializa en un dise o concreto de mol culas met licas, el esp ritu que se coagula i me resulta indispensable la sensaci n de riesgo Entrar amos as en el terreno de la metaf sica La mayor de la gente no suele seguirme en ese nivel, pero estoy convencido de que las pruebas tangible de mi obra, el material electroac stico, podr a destruirse sin que ello importase mucho, ya que lo que permanece es la fuerza interior que me impulsa a llevar a t rmino una obra La idea que toma forma y se materializa en un dise o concreto de mol culas met licas, el esp ritu que se coagula impreso en una cinta, qu son sino el equivalente exacto de un orden abstracto Cuando el o do el o do de la fantas a deje de estar condicionado por el cuerpo y la membrana del altavoz desaparezca pulverizada junto al resto del universo, lo nico que permanecer , como idea, ser la fuerza espiritual que emana de mi m sica I ve been exploring Stockhausen s music for about 20 years now The music is challenging and enigmatic strange and beautiful, albeit often in an other worldly kind of way The 1971 lectures which are the heart of this book clarified some of Stockhausen s ideas and methods for me, although some points remain obscure What comes through clearly is that, despite his mystical side and his ego, Stockhausen was a clear thinker and a careful craftsman Stockhausen on Music is probably essential for an I ve been exploring Stockhausen s music for about 20 years now The music is challenging and enigmatic strange and beautiful, albeit often in an other worldly kind of way The 1971 lectures which are the heart of this book clarified some of Stockhausen s ideas and methods for me, although some points remain obscure What comes through clearly is that, despite his mystical side and his ego, Stockhausen was a clear thinker and a careful craftsman Stockhausen on Music is probably essential for anyone interested in the composer s music It s amazing how clear this is I don t know if anyone else tried to mathematize music to the extent KS does in some of these essays without screwing it up royally His theory here is as successful as his music. Very good insights into Stockhausen s process and thinking He is very full of himself, not without reason some may find this offputting Lots of good stuff about performing non standard repertoire, and the thinking and work that went into his works The chapter on time and sound is particularly interesting hearing him essentially invent Paulstretch in an offhand remark shows the depth at which he thought about sound Definitely worth reading I own a copy and dip in once in a while for a refr Very good insights into Stockhausen s process and thinking He is very full of himself, not without reason some may find this offputting Lots of good stuff about performing non standard repertoire, and the thinking and work that went into his works The chapter on time and sound is particularly interesting hearing him essentially invent Paulstretch in an offhand remark shows the depth at which he thought about sound Definitely worth reading I own a copy and dip in once in a while for a refresher in certain aspects of electronic music For musicians and aspiring composers this collection of lectures is incredibly inspiring unquestionably a great genius of his time.