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Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen in Four Channels

Analysis Notes, October–November 2008, April 2009

Key Characteristics

Spatial decay.

  • from 4 channels to 2 channels
  • surround collapses to left side (front and back)
  • homophony yields to exchange
  • bell-like in RB; wooden chords
  • single “line” made up of four-part texture
  • single line is panned front and back (left side)

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

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