A permanent pipedream: the composition of Kathinkas Gesang for flute and electronic music, Karlheinz Stockhausen

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Miranda, Paulo Agenor [UNESP]

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Univ Estadual Parana, Escola Musica & Belas Artes Parana


At IRCAM from 1983 to 1984, Stockhausen worked on Kathinkas Gesang version for flute and electronic music. The composer, interested in the synthetiseur 4X programming, noticed a new orientation of musical logic in the realm of the harmonic, i.e. to control phase shift up to 212 partials under an intricate spectrum relationship. This paper analyzes the writing of the electronic music of Kathinkas Gesang, investigating the technical and compositional procedures that underlie its studio accomplishment, such as the conception of the materials and the schemes of spatialization. A look into one feature of Stockhausen's poetics, the Klangkomposition, outlines composer's detailed work on timbre through his forward vision of the phase relationship between partials. Despite the new possibilities offered by 4X, the hard, analogical procedures and the intense programming made this interface a permanent pipedream for Stockhausen.



Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kathinkas Gesang, Timbre composition, IRCAM, 4X synthesizer

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Revista Vortex-vortex Music Journal. Curitiba: Univ Estadual Parana, Escola Musica & Belas Artes Parana, v. 7, n. 1, 24 p., 2019.