[PD] RIP Stockhausen
padawan12 at obiwannabe.co.uk
Tue Dec 11 14:15:08 CET 2007
I seem to recall Newton was something of an occultist. Einstein
and many other scientists share beliefs in supernatural entities.
Does that really effect the value of their work?
By all accounts Stockhausen was an arrogant man, which perhaps
explains his clumbsy explanations due to unwillingness to research
and study others.
But, whatever you think of the man and his ravings, the work stands
on its merits because it confirms hypotheses and has predictive utility.
That makes it science. Probably more so than Art imho.
What kinda makes him great, but also a bit sad, is what he achieved was
in isolation, like many who fall into the cracks between the pillars
of established thought.
On Mon, 10 Dec 2007 22:41:32 +0100
Yvan Vander Sanden <yvan at youngmusic.org> wrote:
> Andy Farnell wrote:
> > Of course he will always be remembered as an avant garde composer,
> > but much of Stockhausens greatness is missed by artists who saw him as
> > a pseudo-scientist and scientists who dismissed him as an artist.
> > He was both at different times. A lack of rigor and precise voclabulary
> > hides his contribution to psychoacoustics, he basically provided
> > experimental support to Gabors theories, yet he is not mentioned once
> > in critcal textbooks like McAdams and Bigand.
> And of coruse we must not forget he came from sirius to explain us all
> that :-)
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