(August 22, 1928-December 5, 2007)
Born in Modrath, Germany
Composed over 300 works
Known for his experiments with electronic music
Noted works include Kontra-Punkte (1952-53), Gruppen (1955-57), Mikrophonie (1964-65), Mantra (1970) and Light: The Seven Days of the Week (1977-2003)
Why he might be annoying
When Sir Thomas Beecham was asked if he had ever conducted any Stockhausen, he replied, 'No, but I once trod in some.'
He collaborated with Yoko Ono in the early 60s.
He composed a work for four musicians flying in four helicopters.
His instructions for 'Ylem' direct the 19 musicians to establish telepathic communication during the performance.
His piece 'Starsound' was conceived as 'a preparation for beings from other stars and for the day of their arrival here.'
He called the 9-11 attacks 'works of art.'
Why he might not be annoying
He lost both his parents at age 12 during World War II.
He had perfect pitch.
He influenced jazz musicians Miles Davis, Charles Mingus and Herbie Hancock, rockers Frank Zappa and Sonic Youth and electronic musicians Kraftwerk.
He clarified his 9-11 remarks, 'I used the designation work of art to mean the work of destruction personified in Lucifer.'
Credit: C. Fishel
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Year In Review:
In 2016, Out of 13 Votes: 84.62% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 30 Votes: 73.33% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 43 Votes: 65.12% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 76 Votes: 56.58% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 147 Votes: 72.11% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 91 Votes: 72.53% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 58 Votes: 65.52% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 79 Votes: 62.03% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 285 Votes: 68.77% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 505 Votes: 69.11% Annoying
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