Throughout Through Death*

Pioneering avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen died Wednesday, according to a press release posted yesterday by the Stockhausen Foundation. While neither a household name nor always the easiest to listen to, his work still was a profound influence. From Aphex Twin to Frank Zappa, The Beatles and Pink Floyd to Sonic Youth and Björk, musicians of all disciplines cite Stockhausen as a critical reference point.

Let's all tip a sip for Karlheinz tonight.

* Post title taken from a Stockhausen quote, listed in his Memorial Booklet [PDF].


bigsoda said...

I'm tipping one right now. Although, you could have picked a photo where he didn't look as though Dustin Hoffman were playing him.

PYLB said...

Heh. I hadn't seen it that way. I thought it had a certain "mad scientist" vibe that felt right.

Anonymous said...

I heard Stockhausen when I was a kid - the same year Queen released Bohemian Rhapsody. That should explain something, but it doesn't.