'What has happened is - now you all have to turn your brains around - the greatest work of art there has ever been. That minds could achieve something in one act, which we in music cannot even dream of, that people rehearse like crazy for ten years, totally fanatically for one concert, and then die. This is the greatest possible work of art in the entire cosmos. Imagine what happened there. There are people who are so concentrated on one performance, and then 5000 people are chased into the Afterlife, in one moment. This I could not do. Compared to this, we are nothing as composers... Imagine this, that I could create a work of art now and you all were not only surprised, but you would fall down immediately, you would be dead and you would be reborn, because it is simply too insane. Some artists also try to cross the boundaries of what could ever be possible or imagined, to wake us up, to open another world for us.'
Stockhausen on the 9/11 attack
But you know, some say, "interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art", I say...Fuck The People
Fuck The People
The point was to induce mass trauma through images produced for television. Though it required the deaths of thousands in horrific, unforgivable fashion, it was a public relations act or, as Stockhausen had it, a work of art. The target was not the World Trade Center, it was YOU.
Oh, and btw, R.I.P. Lux...