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Kontakte by Karlheinz Stockhausen in Four Channels

Analysis Notes, October–November 2008, April 2009

Key Characteristics

Tone becomes resonant pulse (continuous sound > rhythm).

  • four mono channels with same signal
  • one channel becomes four; LF LB RB RF (counter clockwise addition
  • adjacent channels are 180 degrees out of phase
  • dry > reverb > add low level sustained accompaniment > dry > reverb
  • one of the most famous parts of Kontakte

Analysis of the Section (spoken)
(00:19)
Excerpt of the Section (audio)
(00:37)
Spectrogram
[4ch] [LB] [LF] [RF] [RB]

eContact! 12.4 — Perspectives on the Electroacoustic Work / Perspectives sur l'œuvre électroacoustique (August 2010). Montréal: Communauté électroacoustique canadienne / Canadian Electroacoustic Community.

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