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Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen in Four Channels

Analysis Notes, October–November 2008, April 2009

Key Characteristics

Sudden break to rotating, two layers; opened spaces.

  • LF > RB > RF > LB (quasi-figure 8)
  • underlying sound is layered (3–4 layers / variable)
  • variable rates of rotation relate to underlying sound complex
  • Gesang der Jünglinge quote of descending perfect fourth, twice hinted, then sounded at 32:19

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

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