Stockhausen - always on the cutting edge
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7. Stockhausen - always on the cutting edge
Karlheinz Stockhausen was a divisive figure at the best of times, but when he started composing the first published works for electronics in the 1950s he cemented his reputation completely. It was not unusual for him to compose for entirely electronic machines, in pieces like 'Studie II' and 'Kontakte'.