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Joe Offline

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Fri Nov 14, 2014 6:25 pm
Kontakte reply

I have a funny story from this weekend's performances of Originale. After one of the shows, a young woman came over to the sound desk and asked, "What synthesizers were used in that tape?" My first reaction was to impishly cite a manifest of realistic-sounding, but entirely fake synthesizers.

Instead, I showed her the score and explained how Stockhausen had to work in the early days. Her eyes grew bigger and bigger as I prattled on. She was a music technology student at NYU, and to her teacher's credit, she had been assigned a tape project early on, which allowed her to recognize just how Herculean Stockhausen's efforts were.

There were a few Stockhausen devotees at the shows, but most of our audience was drawn from the art world. One of the Stockhausenites came up to me afterward and said that he "lives to hear certain moments in Kontakte", and he bemoaned the fact that he missed the 17'05" climax, to which I was sympathetic. On Friday, he would have heard it, but our Saturday night show got very raucous. In the sound booth, we were very busy putting out fires around the theater as everyone seemed to really warm to Stockhausen's free concept!

We were very fortunate to be able to do the entire, correct sound projection scheme for Kontakte. Everyone is always so skeptical of having to place all those mics, and the Kitchen is a small enough venue that there was no need to amplify the piano and some percussion instruments when it was empty. It's so small that the performers were hearing the main channels more than their monitors during rehearsals. But of course, once the space filled in with people, and the other performers started their work, all the microphones and monitors became indispensable!

Here, you can see the Action Musician (Rachel Mason) performing directly in front of the sound desk and Stuart Gerber performing onscreen in his version of the red leotard costume. The eagle-eyed will also see my solution to Robert Earl Brown's stinkbomb! :)

uatu Offline

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Sun Nov 16, 2014 3:04 am
#2 RE: Kontakte reply

Sorry I missed this, due to reasons I already mentioned to you Joe. Was there any video documentation? I imagine ORIGINALE would tend to defy any kind of audio/video documentation but even a clip would be pretty interesting compared to nothing at all on Youtube.

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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