Stockhausen’s GAGAKU-CIRCUIT on Max 5-Avant-Garde Music Programming

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“The GAGAKU-SCHALTUNG or Gagaku Circuit is a fundamental block in the construction of Stockhausen’s TELEMUSIK. It summarizes the idea of merging two distant worlds and obtaining as a result something which is more than the sum of the original parts. In fact amplitude modulation is exactly that: a nonlinear synthesis (i.e. it does not meet neither superposition nor proportionality criteria – G. Loy in Musimathics vol.2 – MIT Press 2007). Nevertheless, this circuit can be tuned to decode a modulated source if one knows the frequency of the oscillator used for the modulation. In the digital era, this can be accomplished with very little distortion in the output and it can be tested in this patch by tuning both oscillators (A and B) to the same frequency and only listening to the output of the modulation B. In structure 3 of the piece, there is a brief glissando at the end of the section, that shows the effect of going from the same frequency of 12000Hz in both oscillators to 50Hz below and back to 12000Hz again (try presets 1 and 2 for testing – see below).

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