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Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen in Four Channels

Analysis Notes, October–November 2008, April 2009

Key Characteristics

Unison space.

  • the speakers are paired on the cross axis: there is no physical source being represented
  • four synchronized solo channels
  • apparent motion by delay (quasi-canonic); RB 180ms delay > RF / LB 180ms > LF
  • rotation is both clockwise and counter clockwise
  • gestures of silences and crashes; textures of solo exchanges
  • the attacks are coordinated; the sounds are members of the same family
  • in the mixed version this starts with the tam-tam

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

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