Friday, 24 August 2012


Aquarius of Karlheinz Stockhausen's "Zodiac" from BOULDER PAVEMENT on Vimeo.

In 1974, Stockhausen wrote "Tierkreis – 12 Melodien der Sternzeichen". He had been inspired to do so by a dream in which he saw musical-boxes appearing from the belly of a "bird man". The work consists of a series of musical-box melodies, one for each of the signs of the Zodiac.


Jenny Woolf said...

Fascinating and theatrical little film. I assume you have heard about the Helicopter String quartet being performed in Birmingham ith real helicopters.

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Not for me I am afraid Dominic - rather jars at my soul.

Anna :o]

The Weaver of Grass said...

Unfortunately my computer will not play this but would like to hear Scorpio.

GOAT said...

Have you ever had anything productive originate in a dream? I've often woken with a melody in my head that apparently featured in my dream soundtrack, but I'm usually half-suspicious that my subconscious has ripped it off.

Rachel Fenton said...

Isn't it just a mash up of "Speed bonny boat like a bird on the wing, over the sea to Skye"?
Not syre what I think of it yet. Maybe I'll dream about it and all the songs will sound as per usual.....

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments, everyone.

JW: Yes, I did hear. The tickets were sold out but I did watch the stream on the internet.

hyperCRYPTICal: Tierkreis is Karlheinz at his fluffiest. I'd steer clear of him. You should hear him at his spikiest! :)

WG: "Scorpion" is on Youtube, here:

GOAT: Yes. But then it's said it's impossible to whistle a tune that hasn't been whistled before.

RF: There is a bit of that, isn't there? But then Rachmaninov was mortified when UK audiences started to laugh at the slow movement of his 4th Piano Concerto. It was more or less the same as Three Blind Mice.