This is a wide panorama of Nam June Paik work as musician - Hommage à John Cage (1958-1959), Étude for Pianoforte (1959-1960) and Simple (1961) are good exemple of neodada music and de-structuration in the late 50', 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 Piano 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 (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 Schönberg, Paik came to Germany in 1956 to continue his studies in the history of music. His interests soon turne away from the university setting, to less traditional forms of music leading him 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.