Stockhausen Festival: Film Night
Film: Tuning In, a portrait of Stockhausen, by Barrie Gavin
Film: In Absentia by Brothers Quay
In Absentia was commissioned by the BBC as part of ‘Sound on Film International’. It was a collaboration between the filmmakers Brothers Quay and composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Combining intense images with pure electronic music and diffused in the ACCA in surround sound this will make a spectacular impression on the viewer. A rare opportunity to experience it on the big screen.
Barrie Gavin has made approximately 70 documentaries on leading musicians and composers over a career starting in the 1960s. He continues to work. Gavin has a strong link with Sussex Music Dept and has visited to give masterclasses and lectures. This vivid portrait of Stockhausen entitled ‘Tuning In’ was made for BBC Television in 1981, and is a remarkable and accessible introduction to this composer, featuring interviews with Stockhausen and scenes of the composer at work. The film was directed by Barrie Gavin, devised by Robin Maconie and features Singcircle with Gregory Rose, and ‘sound engineer’ Simon Emmerson, as well as Aloys and Alfons Kontarsky.