Recording Sessions #11: Karlheinz Stockhausen

IKLECTIK presents,

Recording Sessions #11: Karlheinz Stockhausen

Saturday 5 October – doors 7.30pm – start 8pm |£8 adv / £10 otd | BUY TICKETS

This event is part of the series of parallel events organised in collaboration with The Engine Room 2019 Exhibition and IKLECTIK’s 5th anniversary.





Talk and Demonstration


Studie II (electronic music 1954)
Kontakte (electronic music 1958-60)

Speaker: Dr Sean Williams
Sound projection: Dr Sean Williams and Giovanni La Rovere


Delighted to host two great pieces of earlier electronic music Studie II and Kontakte by Kailheinz Stockhausen on this edition of Recording Sessions (concert series). 

Dr Sean Williams from the Open University will demonstrate some of the devices and techniques used in the creation of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s ‘Studie II’ and ‘Kontakte’. ‘Studie II’ was the first piece of electronic music to have a realisation score, and ‘Kontakte’ remains one of the most significant and intense pieces of electronic music ever made. The talk and demonstration will be followed by a concert featuring both pieces projected in 4-channels.


Sean Williams

Sean Williams is a practice-led researcher in the field of electronic music and performance. He has published research on a range of electronic music practices across genres, specializing in the Cologne studio and the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen. 

His background in electronic music production and performance performing his own music and pieces by others feeds directly into his research which is led by his practice. In addition to DJing and performing dance music in the UK, USA, Japan, etc. he has more recently performed a number of pieces by Karlheinz Stockhausen, including Kontakte with Nic Hodges and Colin Currie, and sound projection of the Scottish premiere of Hymnen. With his group Grey Area, has performed pieces by Hugh Davies, Christian Wolff, Yoko Ono, Stockhausen, and members of the ensemble, as well as performing with improvisers including Phil Minton, Steve Beresford, and Aleks Kolkowski.

He also designs and builds electronic instruments as part of his research practice, often for historic performance practice of 1960s or 70s compositions. These include a quadraphonic panning mixer for Stockhausen’s Spiral and other 4 channel pieces, a rotary telephone dial mixer for Hugh Davies’ Not to be Loaded with Fish, a eurorack varispeed tape machine controller for live dub performance of his own piece Eectronic Skank, and two hybrid analogue/digital mixing devices for sound projection.


This concert series is made possible through the goodwill of the Stockhausen Foundation for Music, the musicians involved and the support of  IKLECTIK.

Curated by Giovanni La Rovere