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 2009 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 16 Aug 200921 Aug 2009 (Link to Conference Website )


ConferenceInternational Computer Music Conference 2009
Abbreviated titleICMC 2009
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