Thanks to the Analog Arts Ensemble for pointing to this outstanding example of the sheer wiggyness that was the ’60s avant garde. Stockhausen’s two-hour “mixtape” of national anthems, shortwave radio noise, morse code, electronic modulations and more is available in the form of a Stockhausen jukebox (one of the most ambitious Flash movies I’ve ever seen) where you can pick your track and twiddle with the dials.
It’s like “Revolution No. 9” only better. The things you recognize are fleeting, more varied, less trite, more mysterious and less repetitive.
Not to sound flip, but listening to this sitting upright in front of my computer isn’t going to cut it. I feel like it would be best heard semi-reclining, in the dark, on a bean-bag chair. In a dorm room maybe. Maybe that’s just an indication of how it takes me back.
Before you quit, don’t skip ANABlog’s description and photo of one of the performances.