[ISEA95] Artist Statement: Karlheinz Stockhausen — Oktophonie

Artist Statement

Concert, 69′

Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ‘Oktophonie’ is a collection of music in 99 pieces based around the idea of aleatoricism. It is utterly bizarre.

The music is designed to physically explore the space in which it is played: The octophonic spatial composition cannot be reproduced un a stereophonic mix. Those who want to experience the original spatial composition must therefore hear a performance of OCTOPHONY with the correct loudspeaker distribution. [source: YouTube]. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oktophonie

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen [1928–2007], was a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. He is known for his groundbreaking work in electronic music, for introducing controlled chance (aleatory techniques) into serial composition, and for musical spatialization. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karlheinz_Stockhausen