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Nam June Paik was born in Seoul Korea on July 20 1932 He was the fifth and youngest child of a textile merchant In 1947 at the age of 14 he studied piano and composition with two of Koreas foremost composers The family moved to Tokyo Japan in 1950 to avoid the havoc of the Korean War Paik studied music history art history and philosophy at the University of Tokyo from 1953 to 1956 He did his graduate dissertation on Schoenberg In 1956 he moved to Germany to pursue his interest in avant-garde music He studied music history under Thrasybulos Georgiades at the University of Munich and composition under Wolfgang Fortner at the Hochschule fr Musik He also attended classes under Karlheinz Stockhausen Luigi Nono David Tudor and John Cage Paik lived in Cologne for the next five years and then returned to Japan for a short time to conduct experiments with electromagnets and color TV sets In 1964 Paik moved to New York and still resides there today While he lived in Korea Paik had become familiar with the work of Schoenberg Paik was interested in Schoenberg above all others because of his radical compositions They reflected the social atmosphere of Seoul at the time In 1947 Paik had only one piece of Schoenbergs work It took Paik two years to convince a record shop owner to let him listen to what was probably the only Schoenberg record in Korea Paik had only two compositions by which to judge his guru Then one day in Japan in 1951 Paik heard a third piece on NHK Radio Another of Paiks great influences was John Cage whom he met in Germany Meeting Cage a student of Schoenberg was a turning point in Paiks life Paiks piece Zen for Film was definitely influenced by Cages 4 33 the silent piece Cage was devoted to sounds but Paik was devoted to
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