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PAIK Nam June / 백남준


My Jubilee Ist Unverhemmet / 나의 환희는 거칠 것이 없어라* / Naui Hwanhuineun Geochil Geoti Eopeola*

Birth Y: 1932-2006 Birth C: KOREA (South) Gender: Male

Dest: Dance

Media Specification: Disc

Duration: 5:09*

Perf. Country: UNITED STATES

Publisher: Edition Lebeer-Hossmann, Germany, 1977

Prog. notes: ...In 2 weeks I will be 45. It is time for Archeology of Avantgarde. I lived in Korea in the 40's, where only available informations were from Japanese books printed before world War II. Therefore it was great luck that I heard the name of Arnold Schoenberg in 1947 or so. He immediately interested me, because he was written as a devil or the most extreme avantgarde. However there were no record or scores of Schoenberg available in Korea in 1947, except for a pirate edition of his op 33 a piano piece. It took 2 or 3 years of desperate struggle to find only available record, which was released in the pre-war Japan, Verklarte Nacht. I will not forget forever the exitement of holding this fragile 78 RPM record in my hand like a jewel from Egyptian tomb. And I cannot forget the disappointment of this record, which was purely a Wagnerian Quatsch.

Korean war came soon after.

25 years after this experience I found the same record of Schoenberg in a flea market in New York. I played this record 4 times slower (on 16 RPM) in a Merce Cunningham dance event. Merce smiled and said: "You improved Schoenberg". Hamburg 2/7/1977 Nam June Paik

Editor: MW / M.B. (2013/1/5)

Phono: Vinyl, LP, Single Sided, Edition Lebeer-Hossmann, Germany, 1977