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A brief comment on NRK, Arne Nordheim and Eugeniusz Rudnik

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Recently the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) sent a radio-documentary about Arne Nordheim and his technician Eugeniusz Rudnik. Nordheim and Rudnik worked together on several of Nordheim's classic electroacoustic pieces from in Studio Experymentalne in Warsaw: Ode to Light (1968), Solitarie (1968), Pace (1970), Poly-Poly/Lux et Tenebrae (1970), and several others. Much of this music can be heard on the album Electric.

The documentary was called "The forgotten technician. A different portrait of Arne Nordheim, and a central claim was that Nordheim had “forgotten” about Rudnik. It is also implied in the program that Nordheim deliberately tried to underplay Rudnik’s influence on his work.


The fact however, is that Nordheim never consciously tried to tone down Rudnik’s contributions. On the contrary he often talked warmly about what he called his “superb technician." One example out of many: In the cover of the album Dodeka from 2003, which is a reworking of much of …