Karlheinz Stockhausen: Strahlen

Für einen Schlagzeuger und 10-kanalige Tonaufnahme

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Type of publication
Author / Editor
ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics (ed.)
Publishing house, place
WERGO, Mainz

The ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics (IMA) is presenting a DVD publication documenting the production process and premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s composition »STRAHLEN«. »STRAHLEN« is a version for percussion and ten-channel audio recording of »HOCH-ZEITEN« from »SUNDAY« from the »LIGHT« opera cycle. As a commissioned piece by the ZKM | Center for Art and Media, the piece was performed for the first time in 2009 by László Hudacsek (vibraphone) and Kathinka Pasveer (sound direction).

The collaboration between the ZKM and Karlheinz Stockhausen began back in 2003. Initially, Stockhausen’s ideas were thoroughly analysed in order to develop technical procedures to produce the composition. From the music score and extensive fax correspondence, it became clear that Stockhausen had precise sound concepts for all details. In order to satisfy these ideas, the entire sound spectrum of a vibraphone, among other things, had to be sampled at various volumes with a certain number of drumsticks. This created a sample library of 2000 vibraphone sounds. The documentary film provides an interesting insight into the incredible complexity of the production process.

Special techniques had to be used to record Stockhausen’s ten-channel composition with its spatial information on a DVD. A number of spatial sound formats were experimented with: The acoustic properties of the performance space are incorporated into a binaural recording with artificial head; by using an HRTF (Head-Related Transfer Function) version, the impression of a “surround environment” is produced within an ideal space when listening with headphones; a third version, on which the ten voices are mixed together into five channels, provides a differentiated listening experience with a 5.1 sound system. In addition, the DVD contains an exclusive interview, which Ludger Brümmer, head of the IMA, held with Karlheinz Stockhausen.

publisher:ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics
project management:

Ludger Brümmer

project coordination, editing, proofreading:Yannick Hofmann, Marie-Kristin Meier
DVD-authoring: Andreas Brehmer
translation:Ü-Werk GmbH
recording, mix English tone version:Anton Kossjanenko
speakers:Ludger Brümmer, Anika Hirt, Dan Wilcox
graphic:Burkardt | Hotz, Büro für Gestaltung www.burkardt-hotz.de

© Stockhausen-Verlag in der Stockhausen-Stiftung für Musik, Kürten (www.karlheinzstockhausen.org)


A production of the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics


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technical-artistic conception:Karlheinz Stockhausen
artistic accompaniment:Kathinka Pasveer
conception and project management:Ludger Brümmer
technical development: Götz Dipper, Holger Stenschke
software-development & coordination: Götz Dipper
mix original version:Holger Stenschke, Kathinka Pasveer
recordings:Sebastian Schottke, Joachim Gossmann, Thomas Saur, Johannes Seibt, Carsten Tradowsky
editing:Friedemann Dupelius, Matthias Schneiderbanger, Gerhard Wolfstieg, Frank Zalkow
assistance editing:Diana Colceriu, Marc Riedlinger, Tobias Scherer
musicological consultingRudolf Frisius

László Hudacsek

mix, mastering, binaural versions:Benjamin Miller
Video: Documentary STRAHLEN
publisher:ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics
interviews, camera, photos, cut: Kai Hanneken

camera, cut (interview Stockhausen & premiere »LICHT-BILDER«):

Yvonne Mohr
further photos:ONUK, László Hudacsek
project management:Ludger Brümmer
project coordination & editing:Yannick Hofmann, Marie-Kristin Meier
mix & final-mastering:Holger Stenschke

Interview Stockhausen:

production:ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics
camera, cut:Yvonne Mohr

Ludger Brümmer

German and English
DVD 9, Region code: 0, PAL, 4:3, Languages: German/English, Audio: Stereo/5.0
Katalognummer: WER 2075 5
Organization / Institution
ZKM | Institut für Musik und Akustik

Projektleitung: Ludger Brümmer

Gestaltung: Burkardt | Hotz, Büro für Gestaltung www.burkardt-hotz.de