Friday, December 7, 2007

Karlheinz Stockhausen RIP

Ok, just one more. Karlheinz Stockhausen died today as you'll know. Stimmung Singcircle pierced my consciousness back in 1984 as a 15-year-old Drama student. My friend David and I accidentally tuned into Radio 3's Stockhausen extravaganza, and it was just as if we'd touched an extra-terrestrial intelligence. We taped what we could and used it as the backing for some pompous and pretentious play I'd written; I hope Karl would forgive us our ignorant youthful folly. As repentance, as I write Paul Hillier's 51-track performance of Stimmung is downloading in iTunes.

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