Kontakte : Ensemble Offspring & Pimmon
Ensemble Offspring joins forces with sound artist Pimmon in a unique concert bringing together acoustic and electronic music including the seminal Kontakte from the godfather of electronic music Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007, Germany)- one of the most important composers of the twentieth and early twentyfirst centuries. He is known for his ground-breaking work in
electronic music, aleatory (controlled chance) and musical spatialisation.
Kontakte is his revolutionary 1960 piece which retains the capacity to awe digitally-savvy audiences half a century after it was composed. The piece is very much about sound
as 'contact', in all senses of the word: between pianist and percussionist; between performers and tape; between those sounds existing on tape; and physically, between piano hammer and string, the perceptual games played by Kontakte's acoustic-electronic synthesis are yet to be bettered.
It flows, swoops and surprises in total, playful confidence.
Kontakte evolves seamlessly from start to finish like a dramatic poem. The materials may resemble natural and industrial sounds, but they move with their own rhythm and form.
Featured non-Australian music: Stockhausen
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