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Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 03:53 pm
From Stockhausen to stock repertoire

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Mon, Dec. 10th, 2007 06:56 pm (UTC)
Re: Pop music is the apotheosis of the baby boom generation

I didn't actually give my view of Stockhausen in the piece, but I will here: I think he was one of the greats. I bought a record of "Kontakte" when I was 18 and was just taken away somewhere amazing, on a gigantic magic carpet of electronic sound. I love "Hymnen" too, the treatment of national anthems was probably an influence on my Analog Baroque style. And, when a friend committed suicide in 2002, the first thing I did was listen to a live performance of "Stimmung" and it was probably the only thing with sufficient gravitas to take me far away from the earth, closer to her. He was very, very great and will be remembered a long time.

I have to disagree with this statement:

Pop music is West African tribal music with a more or less thin veneer of western classical formalism, using Western amplification technology.

There's very little actual repetition in West African tribal music, as anyone who's tried to sample and loop it knows. It's constantly changing, very complex, and the polyrhythms just don't repeat the way rock and pop rhythms do. I'd say they're closer to Stockhausen's patterns than pop's patterns, actually; much more organic, natural and complex.


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