kontakte is probably the first 4 channel music production
ever. stockhausen let invent a special rotating loudspeaker
provided with a horn which got picked up by four microphones
standing in a circle around the rotating speaker table. thus
the four channels got organically connected to a telefunken
m10 four track tape machine and the dolby surround system is
only a logical continuation of this idea.
but how did stockhausen invent this never heard and imagined
rhythm 'n' sound universe? being one of his students he told
us that he first created special rhythm profiles unlike the
profiles of a car tire. speeding them up these rhythm patterns
got converted into sounds (remember the hammond organ principle
or test stripe profiles on the motor way) and the overtones
of those creations 'were going out of the chimney' as
he remarked. it seems that he was going to redifine what a tone
is from its very beginning embedded in floods of emptiness.
that might sound a bit far out for you but don't forget he really
created what he called flood sounds. and stockhausen wouldn't
be stockhausen if his mighty soul wouldn't have taken care of
it all like a mother of the universe.
forget about all these pattern-level-rhythm-tone-floods or
whatever emptinesses and let it leave your chimney. be surprised
how new this music still sounds as if it never grows old.
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