A wee post on The Rest Is Noise led me to a load of great stuff about Stockhauasen's Helicopter String Quartet. Which although first performed in the 90s feels immensely and appealingly of the 70s. It's always teetering on the brink of being a Look Around You-style parody but it's actually rather intriguing.
Stockhausen's notes and description of the composition are fascinating. The score just looks brilliant:
And, judging from this extract, the thing sounds pretty splendid too. I suspect the last 20 years of popular music have rather prepared us for Stockhausen's always changing, resolutely unconventional sound and he doesn't seem as jarring as he might have to previous generations. I'll have to get the CD.