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This review is from: Karlheinz Stockhausen: Helicopter Quartet [DVD]  [NTSC] (DVD)
I can't recommend this film strongly enough. No matter whether you are a disciple or sceptic about Stockhausen's music, it is an extraordinary thing to do to send four musicians up into the air in four separate helicopters and feed this back via a mixing desk into a concerthall with towers of tvs showing them. Watching this film is surreal. I had to pinch myself sometimes, but it is also inspiring: i.e., hey why don't i try to think a bit more outside the box.
The piece that Scheffer interestingl documents is the helicopter string quartet from 1995. It is just one part of Stockhausen's wider exploration of 'space' in music. Stockhausen himself describes the genesis of the piece as coming from a dream that he dared not tell anyone about it was too wacky. Eventually, due to his enthusiasm for the idea of flying and some celestial signs, the piece gets produced. fascinating and strange.
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