down this melody on an envelope.' Thus was born Mantra, the first mature example of Stockhausen's 'formula' technique which was to dominate his output until his death in 2007.
Effectively a trio including a sound projectionist, Mantra retains a good deal of freedom,
transcendental mysticism and playful, abandoned inventiveness within its quasi-serialist approach. This recording is the first to use digital technology, with equipment specially designed
by Stockhausen's former assistant Jan Panis, and approved by the composer.