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Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen in Four Channels

Analysis Notes, October–November 2008, April 2009

Key Characteristics

Pairs of pairs of channels; apparent motion (180 ms delay).

  • channels are paired–LF / RB, RF / LB
  • RF / LB pair in phase
  • LF delayed 180ms for RB
  • canonic tracks–RB 180ms > RF / LB 180ms > LF
  • multi-layered drone / resonances (continuous)
  • foreground “flickers”, often at 180 ms distance between channels
  • drone transforms–how many layers are heard?

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

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