PRINT March 2008


stockhausen is gone

i feel sad

not only because of his exit but also i felt sad reading obituaries from a lot of classically educated music critics that talked about his greatness many years ago and then his failure later on . i couldn’t understand how measuring how much his repertoire is played in the world’s biggest classical auditoriums could show his impact on the world . for me , his greatness lies elsewhere .

for me personally he was one of the pioneers who started a new root in music . the electronic root . whose aesthetic is very specific , has its own organic interior , a structure which has dna independent from other music trees . ( for example , the classical : beethoven - wagner - mahler tree or the blues / rock / philip glass branch . ) when karlheinz harnessed electricity into sound and showed the rest of us , he sparked off a sun that is still burning and will glow for a long

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