Hommage à John Cage: Music for Tapes and Piano
Deeply inspired by his acquaintance with John Cage, Nam June Paik performed Hommage à John Cage: Music for Tapes and Piano at the Galerie 22, Dusseldorf, in 1959. Upon his performance, Paik also produced a frame of the reel tapes that recorded collages of various sounds under the same title as the performance. The reel tapes contained an edited recording of classical music as well as daily noise; Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, German Lieder, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, screaming sounds, glass shattering to pieces, pebbles rumbling in a tin box, crowing roosters, news and lottery announcements, and sounds of a prepared piano.
Nam June Paik
1958 – 1962
4 audiotape reels, wooden frame