Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Stimmung (1968)

40 years ago, the distinguished German avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen thought it'd be a fantastic plan to make an epic piece that was sextet of vocals sung into six microphones. Boy howdy was he ever on the money about how neat that'd be. The resulting composition, Stimmung, has 51 movements or models and is over an hour long. To say it is exprimental is an understatement, this is truly genius to have been pulled off, let alone conceived. Interestingly enough, Stockhausen cited his time wandering amongst Mesoamerican ruins as inspiration. I won't pretend to understand exact what it means to have "based entirely on the overtones of a low B-flat," but it is certainly impressive sounding. The nature of the piece has also lead to it only extremely rarely being preformed, so the recording really is the way to go, yet if you're lucky enough to ever get a chance to be there live for it, do it, by god, do it. Sadly, the great composer passed away to much of the musical world's lament last year, but I believe most are still attempt to just catch up to were he was decades ago. Anyhow, this shit here is completely insane, in the very best possible way. It is magically deep for the single source of original sound, and it is spacey as things can come. If you listen to this through by the end you might feel like you just got back from Jupiter.

To be had here:
Karlheinz Stockhausen - Stimmung [224 kbps]


  1. is it possible for a re-uploading? please? pretty please?

  2. wow i've been looking for this for so long! any chance of a re-post? it would make my week.
    had a chance to see this live in london last year and it was amazing. always wanted to hear the original though.

  3. Please repost, I really would love to hear this!

  4. It is done. I feel like this is the thing I re-uploaded the most over the history of this blog, people sure like their Stockhausen.