If you’re in the Northeast this weekend you might have a look at the programme for the Musicon Festival in Durham. I’ll be doing the sound projection for a performance of Stockhausen’s “Stimmung” – a piece from 1968 featuring six vocalists with microphones, overtone singing, with poetry and incantations interspersed throughout.
The Forum Neue Vokalmusik have performed this piece across Europe, but this will be our northernmost performance so far. Members of the ensemble have studied with members of the Collegium Vocale Köln who performed this piece with Stockhausen in the 1960s and 70s, and as part of my own research into early electronic music practice I have interviewed Mesias Maiguashca who did the sound projection for over 100 of the original performances during this period.
We’ll be rehearsing with some AKG D202 microphones identical to those used in the 60s, and if all goes well we’ll be using them in the concert as a historically informed performance practice.
Anton Webern – Sechs Bagatellen, opus 9
Helmut Lachenmann – Toccatina
György Kurtág – Hommage à Mihaly Andras: 12 Microludien
Karlheinz Stockhausen – Stimmung