Valuing Our Heritage: Exploring Spatialisation Through Software Emulation of Stockhausen's Oktophonie

Michael Clarke, Peter Manning

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    The studio setup employed by Stockhausen for the spatialisation of Oktophonie might, to C21st music technologists, appear a rather bizarre and antiquated arrangement. Even by the standards of 1990 it was a somewhat strange hybrid collection of analogue, MIDI and digital resources very much in contrast to the cutting edge technology Stockhausen had earlier used at IRCAM for the electronic version of Kathinka's Gesang. In a recent article the authors have explored the practical and creative reasons for Stockhausen's approach to spatialisation in Oktophonie, in particular his concern above all else to be able to 'perform' the studio rather than pre-program it.

    This paper develops one aspect of that article and discusses an attempt to facilitate a deeper understanding of Stockhausen's approach by emulating the techniques he used. It discusses a project to create a model of the key spatialisation techniques Stockhausen used in Oktophonie in MaxMSP. The software will be demonstrated.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2009 International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2009
    PublisherInternational Computer Music Association
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)9780971319271
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
    EventInternational Computer Music Conference - Montreal, Canada
    Duration: 16 Aug 200921 Aug 2009 (Link to Conference Website )


    ConferenceInternational Computer Music Conference
    Abbreviated titleICMC 2009
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