NAM JUNE PAIK : Works 1958-1979

  • Format: CD [SR178]
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  • Label: Sub Rosa


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"This is a wide panorama of Nam June Paik work as musician -- 'Hommage a John Cage' (1958-1959), 'Etude for Pianoforte' (1959-1960) and 'Simple' (1961) are good exemple of neodada music and de-structuration in the late 50's, this is basically irreverent audio-collages. 'Prepared Piano for Merce Cunningham' (1977) captures an improvised performance by Paik on a de-tuned piano. While 'Prepared for Merce Cunningham' was later mixed and edited for use by Cunningham, this raw, straight-to-tape version is favored by Paik. 'Duett: Paik/Takis' (1979) this is the only piece already released (by 20 years ago on a limited vinyl edition). Paik improvises on piano and voice, while Takis performs on his metal sculptures. Nam June Paik, was born in Seoul, Korea in 1932. After a move to Japan, where he studied the work of composer Arnold Schonberg, Paik came to Germany in 1956 to continue his studies in the history of music. His interests soon turned away from the university setting, to less traditional forms of music leading him to the Westdeutsche Rundfunk's Studio for Electronic Music, where Karlheinz Stockhausen was working. To date, there have been only a handful of limited edition LP and cassette releases of Paik's music, primarily documenting collaborative performances with colleagues and friends such as Joseph Beuys and Charlotte Moorman. This is the first CD release of Paik's music and the first ever release of the early tape collage pieces that were to inform the video and performance works that he has continued to produce over the last forty years."

1 Prepared Piano For Merce Cunningham 28:33
Piano [De-tuned] ? Paik
Recorded By ? Ray Gallon
2 Hommage A John Cage 4:10
3 Simple 0:21
4 Duett Paik/Takis 25:46
Performer [Metal Sculptures] ? Takis
Piano, Voice ? Paik
5 Etude For Pianoforte 2:49

Artwork [Drawings & Video] ? Nam June Paik
Artwork [Selection] ? Stephen Vitiello
Composed By, Performer ? Nam June Paik
Coordinator, Compiled By [Selected By] ? Guy Marc Hinant
Design ? Mountain
Photography By ? Peter Moore
Producer, Other [Text], Technician [Restoration], Compiled By [Selected By] ? Stephen Vitiello
Technician [Digital Restoration In Brussels] ? Vincent Goffaert
Technician [Physical Restoration In New York] ? Art Shiffrin

Prepared Piano For Merce Cunningham - 1977
Hommage A John Cage: musik fur tonbander und klavier - 1958-59
Simple - 1961
Duett Paik/Takis - 1979 (previously issued on Edition Kolnischer Kunstverein 1)
Etude For Pianoforte -1959-60
Digitally mastered at Equus, Brussels, April 2001

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