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Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen in Four Channels

Analysis Notes, October–November 2008, April 2009

Key Characteristics

Rotational sounds.

  • layered rotation
  • underlying sound(s) are multi-layered [see below]
  • the rotating quality is amplitude and spectrum (mainly)
  • change of rate of rotation
  • some rotations are (hand) synchronized to the sound source
  • acceleration of rotation while slowing the elements of the source
  • different cycles / parameters overlaid and mixed
  • slowing and synchronizing; introduction of unison (monophonic) element, obliterating rotation

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

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