Friday, December 7, 2007

Interstitial #2: Karlheinz Stockhausen

I got an e-mail from him once, concerning a piece he gave to the Sonic Arts Network compilation titled "Otherness" that I curated earlier this year. He died at home on December 5 - peacefully, we are led to hope. He was 79. He had no logo. He didn't need one. He was mystical and angered people with new music. He was deathlessly brilliant. He was Stockhausen. It makes me very sad that now he's "ascended with joy through Heaven's door in order to continue to compose in Paradise with cosmic pulses in eternal harmony." No! Stay here! Make things better here! Shane! Come back!

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