Christopher Fox on Stockhausen, Kraftwerk and the state of electronic music…

German Composer Karlheinz StockhausenChristopher Fox writes about Electronic music’s sound of futures past in the Guardian, Friday 4/10.  There is a nice brief flyover of past electronics classics (Louis and Bebe Barron, Kraftwerk, John Cage), and more recent, though old fashioned, uses of electronics as found in Elephant by White Stripes.  Notably, he muses over the time it takes versus the time it took to create a new work with electronics: That Stockhausen could bully the banks of oscillators, filters and modulators in the Cologne studio into producing such amazing trompes l’oreille is a tribute to his imagination and his industry: it took him more than two years to complete (on Stockhausen’s Kontakte). Click the link or photo above to go to the article.

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