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uatu Offline




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Thu May 17, 2018 6:07 pm
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Hi All, Ed Chang here. I actually forgot I was "Uatu"! (I was so shy and unassuming back then, haha). Anyways, after a break I've decided to fill in some areas I've always felt were missing on Stockhausen: Sounds In Space, my online resource for all things Stockhausen (well, the music stuff anyways...).

One thing I've always felt weird about was that I didn't have any kind of user's guide to navigating through the CDs themselves (I've organized the site by work number). The main reason behind this was always because the CD booklets themselves are so wonderful that it seemed redundant for such a resource (also Sono Loco went about it in such a manner).

Nonetheless, even if it's just an excuse to listen to every one of my Stockhausen CDs all over again in chronological order, I decided to just do it, perhaps as a help to those people who might be interested in buying the CDs but are not sure which performances and performers are on each disc. Of course, one can never get enough performances of KONTAKTE or KONTRAPUNKTE, but anyways, here's chapter 1, covering the first "wave":

http://stockhausenspace.blogspot.com/p/t...-cd-series.html


I have to say, this is truly an incredible early career discography of 10 CDs. If KS had never written another note he already would be a key contributor to 20th Century music. Obviously this is all preaching to the converted but yeah, this is the Big Bang for me (at least until LICHT, anyways).

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Fri May 18, 2018 7:32 pm
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Grabbing the horse by the reins, striking while the iron is hot, etc...I blasted out a guide to CDs 11-27.
http://stockhausenspace.blogspot.com/p/the-stockhausen-complete-edition-cds.html

Next: LICHT!

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Thu May 31, 2018 1:40 am
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The first installment of my "Consumer's Guide to the LICHT Operas" (ie - coverage of Stockhausen CDs 28-47).



http://stockhausenspace.blogspot.com/p/the-stockhausen-complete-edition-cds_29.html

This was a more complicated project than I first thought, but rewarding. For instance, when I first did a traversal of all of these LICHT works, I hadn't yet gotten the Super-formel emblazoned onto my consciousness. Now that I can recognize it much better, the formulas jump out now, where they did not before - for example in INVASION. Much more rewarding...

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Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:00 am
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My Consumer's Guide to the LICHT Operas (ie - coverage of Stockhausen CDs 48-66) continues with descriptions of FREITAG AUS LICHT and MITTWOCH AUS LICHT on CD. Also this set finally includes the Piano Pieces and the 2nd lp from KURZWELLEN!

http://stockhausenspace.blogspot.com/p/the-stockhausen-complete-edition-cds_21.html

- Ed Chang

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Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:02 pm
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This article concludes my complete overview and "consumer guide" to the official Stockhausen CD label catalog.

"Stockhausen Edition CDs 83-106 include works from the KLANG (Sound) cycle, a series of mostly solo or small group chamber and electro-acoustic pieces, each named after one of the 24 hours of the day (although the last 3 hours were never completed). The first four "hours" (HIMMELFAHRT, FREUDE, NATÜRLICHE DAUERN and HIMMELS-TÜR) are completely unique, free-standing works. This is followed by a series of linked works where parts from Hour 5 (HARMONIEN) are used to generate a series of unique, re-sequenced adaptations, which make up Hours 6 through 11. The monumental electronic work COSMIC PULSES (Hour 12) takes the KLANG "clock" to its midpoint, after which selected layers from COSMIC PULSES support a cycle of vocal and instrumental solo works in Hours 13 through 21."

Stockhausen CD 83-106: KLANG

I also compiled a 1-page one-stop listing for all 106 releases here:
The Stockhausen Edition CD Series

Considering that many of the Stockhausen Edition CDs are comprised of collected chamber works and not based on a single work, my next step will probably be to review some of these "artist/instrument-specific" releases. Again, I believe Sonoloco or Moritz have probably done something similar, but it's not exactly an unpleasant task :)!

Lately CD 79 has been a real favorite...

- Ed Chang
- Stockhausen - Sounds in Space: Analysis, explanation and personal impressions of the works of the avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.
- http://stockhausenspace.blogspot.com/

Rex Offline



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Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:21 am
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Thanks for all the work you have put into your site Ed.
For an amateur but avid music lover like myself it is an invaluable resource in my endless explorations of the creations of this (it seems to me) greatest composer of our lifetime.

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Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:17 pm
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I'm glad you like the Stockhausen - Sounds in Space resource, Rex - for me it's been part "labor of love" and part "psychosis" . Individual entries for all the compositions were finished back in 2015 but I can't seem to be able to ever fully escape the gravitational pull of the Stockhausen star, and lately have been motivated to add more "introductory" content. We'll see...

Welcome to the forum and thanks!

- Ed Chang
- Stockhausen - Sounds in Space: Analysis, explanation and personal impressions of the works of the avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.
- http://stockhausenspace.blogspot.com/

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I feel that it could be useful to have a discussion-forum on the music of Stockhausen. There are so many people from all over the world, young and old, learned and eager to get into contact with this musical world: musicologists, composers, musicians, music lovers; people who plan concerts - who write books or have to give lectures and so on. So there should be much stuff, many ideas that we can share. And when we have open questions, there may be people who studied just that and could give a hint or a stimulus. A problem might be the English language, but i feel that is the only possibility that many people who are interested can participate. And we can exercise tolerance to mistakes! Thomas Ulrich
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