Spot the difference:
Karlheinz Stockhausen interviewed on the BBC’s Culture Show
Taxi driver Guy Coma interviewed on the BBC’s News 24
Thanks to Avant Music News for spotting this absolute gem. A 7-minute clip from an edition of BBC 2’s Culture Show, featuring Stockhausen. It includes a rare interview with the man that must rank as one of the stupidest I’ve ever seen. You’ve got just 11 minutes (we only see 5 here – how bad must the rest have been?) with one of the towering figures in 20th-century musical history. What’s your first question?
‘Could you tell me what the most beautiful, or most interesting sound you’ve ever heard is?’
And your second question?
‘So what do you think about melody? Do you hum tunes?’
To his great credit Stockhausen is by turns patient (the Berg/Schoenberg/’degenerate music’ question is a shocker), honest, talkative, and keeps exactly to time. Bonus material – ideologically edited archive material of Stockhausen looking like a wacky atonal weirdo, and some nice snippets of him rehearsing 3x Refrain.