Karlheinz Stockhausen Quotes.
I’m an adventurer. I like invention, I like discovery.
In particular what is most important to me is the transformation of a sound by slowing it down, sometimes extremely, so that the inner of sound becomes a conceivable rhythm.
Or in other works I have also projected the sound in a cube of loudspeakers. The sound can move vertically and diagonally at all speeds around the public.
But being quiet and meditating on sound is something completely different and will be discovered very soon by a lot of people who feel that the visual world doesn’t reach their soul anymore.
And I’ll never forget the first time I took the possibility to project sound every day for six or seven hours with special devices which were built for me.
When a certain piece of music penetrates a person, a resonance is set in motion and an inner voice says: “I like this resonance. It elevates me. It develops hitherto unknown possibilities in me. I don’t recognize myself. This is very interesting.
And when they encounter works of art which show that using new media can lead to new experiences and to new consciousness, and expand our senses, our perception, our intelligence, our sensibility, then they will become interested in this music.
Repetition is based on body rhythms, so we identify with the heartbeat, or with walking, or with breathing.
Schaeffer gave me permission to work in the studio with a technician, but I’ve never worked with him.
And harmony means that the relationship between all the elements used in a composition is balanced, is good.
I was horrible at everything I ever tried to do and people respect me. The American Dream has come true!!
But since the middle of the century in particular, the music has become very irregular in rhythm.
It is true that the eyes dominate the ears in our time.
The September 11 attacks were the greatest work of art in the cosmos…compared to that, we composers are nothing
No, what is important is neither linearity or non-linearity, but the change, the degree of change from something that doesn’t move to other events with different tempos in particular.
Since I started composing I have always worked with series of tempos, even superimposed the music of different groups of musicians, of singers, instrumentalists who play and sing in different tempos simultaneously and then meet every now and then in the same tempo.
And the invention of transformations of certain figures has become the most important in musical composition.
Being quiet and meditating on sound is something completely different and will be discovered very soon by a lot of people who feel that the visual world doesn’t reach their soul anymore.
Whenever I felt happy about having discovered something, the first encounter, not only with the public, with other musicians, with specialists, etc, was that they rejected it.