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Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen in Four Channels

Analysis Notes, October–November 2008, April 2009

Key Characteristics

Sustained sounds, quiet.

  • long gestural durations
  • motion is “between”, and amongst speakers
  • use of “contrast” sound(s) / describe them
  • densification over time
  • controlled use of space
  • “one” sound gets moved about
  • quasi-cadence is a kind of “section marker”

Analysis of the Section (spoken)
Excerpt of the Section (audio)
[4ch] [LB] [LF] [RF] [RB]

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