Nam June Paik 1932-2006
Beatles Electroniques (1966-69)
Beatles Electronique reveals his engagement with manipulation of pop icons. Several pieces, including Electronic Fables, are examples of Paik's early experiments with electronic image manipulation, prior to his invention of the Paik/Abe Video Synthesizer. This piece also makes use of anecdotes by John Cage, who was a major influence as well as a collaborator of Paik.
Original soundtrack: "Four Loops" by Kenneth Werner. "BEATLES ELECTRONIQUES was shot in black-and-white from live broadcasts of the Beatles while Paik electromagnetically improvised distortions on the receiver, and also from videotaped material produced during a series of experiments with filming off the monitor of a Sony videotape recorder. The film is three minutes long and is accompanied by an electronic soundtrack by composer Ken Werner, called 'Four Loops,' derived from four electronically altered loops of Beatles sound material. The result is an eerie portrait of the Beatles not as pop stars but rather as entities that exist solely in the world of electronic media." -- Gene Youngblood, "Expanded Cinema," 1970. Shown at the 3rd Tokyo Art Film Festival, "Vision and Television" at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and around the world.