January 2, 2008 Playlist

A tribute to
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Karlheinz Stockhausen, 1960's
Aug 22, 1928 / Dec 5, 2007  ~~ R.I.P.
"Gesang der Jünglinge / Kontakte" by Karlheinz Stockhausen (LP released 1968)
Karlheinz Stockhausen  "Gesang Der Jünglinge / Kontakte"  rec. 1955-1960, stereo LP released 1968 (Germany)
Karlheinz Stockhausen, one of the most important musical figures of the 20th century, passed away on December 5, 2007. Along with John Cage, he was one of the most famous of the last century's "avant garde" composers, though his influence was arguably much greater.  Stockhausen was among the first to compose with electronically synthesized sounds, and produced work in 4 and 5 channel surround sound in the 1950's, before stereo was even popular!  (Thus introducing "space" as a musical effect -- a later work Gruppen was scored for three orchestras surrouding the audience.)  In the 1960's he had a profound influence on such psychedelic luminaries as the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, and even Miles Davis.  He was also the patron saint of the entire "krautrock" movement of the 1970's, in particular the more conceptual groups like Kraftwerk and Faust (though ironically the jam bandish Can had the most direct connection, Holger Czukay and Michael Karoli having both been his students.)  Thus Stockhausen is truly the godfather of both "psychedelic" and "electronic" music.  This Deutsche Grammophon LP from 1968 was the first release of two of his most important multi-channel electronic works in stereo.
Here is a cool artsy video collage using Kontakte as a soundtrack, and here's part of a lecture by Stockhausen on "sounds" from 1972. Without a doubt, the coolest German of the 20th Century!

Artist Song Album Year Country
The Breeders New Year Last Splash 1993 USA
Karlheinz Stockhausen Gesang der Jünglinge Gesang der Jünglinge / Kontakte
rec. 1955-60,
rel. 1968
The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows Revolver 1966 UK
The Beatles Revolution #9 The Beatles (White Album) 1968 UK
Karlheinz Stockhausen Hymnen (excerpt from Regions I & II) Stockhausen Complete Edition CD #10 1967 Germany
The Mothers of Invention
(Frank Zappa)
The Chrome Plated Megaphone Of Destiny We're Only In It For The Money 1968 USA
Pink Floyd Interstellar Overdrive The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
1967 UK
Can Peking O Tago Mago 1971 Germany
Miles Davis Tatu part 2 (AKA Calypso Frelimo - live) Dark Magus: Live At Carnegie Hall rec. 1974 USA
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Ceylon Ceylon / Bird Of Passage
rec. 1970
Jefferson Airplane Chushingra Crown Of Creation
1968 USA
Tangerine Dream Genesis Electronic Meditation 1970 Germany
NEU! Hallo Excentrico! NEU! 2 1973 Germany
Kraftwerk Megaherz Kraftwerk 1970 Germany
White Noise Your Hidden Dreams An Electric Storm
1969 UK
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Trans (live) Trans
rec. 1971
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