Inspired by Indian music and Buddhist philosophy, this creation for voice and electronics is emblematic of the hippy era. Composed in 1968, it is an invocation of various deities in 51 phases and erotic poems, an invitation to immerse oneself in the sounds and senses of India.

At the premiere (9 December 1968 in Paris), the concert was presented as a hippy campfire, with the singers sitting on the ground, in a circle and in the lotus position. They had gone so far as to wear bandanas to better identify with Indian culture. A work and an approach that resembles a spiritual ritual, overflowing with a benevolent and positive energy and evoking the dream of a better world.


Karlheinz Stockhausen

Les Métaboles (6 singers)
Léo Warynski, direction
Swr experimentalstudio Freiburg, electronics