The world of music is mourning the death of the German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. The musician, renowned for his pioneering work in electronic music, has died at the age of 79. He was also known for experimenting with different kinds of sound in the 1960s and 70s. Miles Davis and Bjork are among those who say he was a great influence on their music.
As well as having a big impact on the avant-garde music scene, he also courted controversy. He was quoted as describing the September the 11th attacks, for example, as “the greatest work of art imaginable for the whole cosmos”. He later said he meant that only the devil could have orchestrated the attacks.
Stockhausen once said that any sound can become music if it’s related to other sounds, and put in the right place at the right moment.