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Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen in Four Channels

Analysis Notes, October–November 2008, April 2009

Key Characteristics

Four channel unison.

  • resonant sine tone (pulse into a resonant filter)
  • (single sound <-> fused sound)
  • register(s)
  • attack / decay characteristics
  • regularity?
  • speed of attack
  • sustained sound simulated through rapid reiteration (granulation effect)
  • dynamics (mostly crescendi); sound aggregates getting louder
  • Continuum from (1) sound (2) same sound repeated (3) different sounds fusing.

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

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