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Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen in Four Channels

Analysis Notes, October–November 2008, April 2009

Key Characteristics

Mélange, many sounds, many locations:

  • sustained <-> short
  • simple <-> complex
  • one channel / several channels
  • one sound; two sounds, overlapped on one channel
  • use of space, both controlled and chaotic
  • mostly loud; noisy, quasi-noise, metallic, pitched, damped oscillation
Listen to the whole and listen to the parts.

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

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