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Re: Stockhausen's "Stimmung" great vox Re: Sort of OT: Bjork'snew cd MEDULLA... and looping?
Title: Re: Stockhausen's "Stimmung" great vox
Re: Sort of OT: Bj
At 11:48 AM -0400 9/7/04, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you like "otherworldly"
vocals, a capella, check out Stockhausen's "Stimmung."
I was lucky enough to hear this performed by Stockhausen's group
at MIT (circa 1969 or '70?), with Karlheinz at the console. The
performance was in Kresge Auditorium, a dome-shaped building. Each of
the six singers had an individual mic routed to a separate
loudspeaker; the speakers were placed equidistant around the perimeter
of the auditorium.
I spoke to one of the tenors at the reception afterwards; he
showed me his performance score. The piece is constructed in a modular
form, with each of 66 musical moments written on a separate index
card. During the preparatory and rehearsal period these cards would be
shuffled and dealt out to the performers, so the overall form of the
piece would be indeterminate. For the tour version a fixed ordering of
the cards was selected and the cards were stuck onto the pages of the
six performance booklets (presumably Stockhausen had a master score
For those who haven't heard the piece (the title Stimmung
means "tuning") the vocal technique includes a great deal of
reinforced vocal harmonics and the text is made up of 11 magic names.
Here's a nice Web page:
Richard Zvonar, PhD