Jean-Jacques Perrey

Jean-Jacques PerreyFrom: Paris, France

Born in 1929, Jean-Jacques Perrey is a French electronic music producer and is considered a pioneer of the genre. Perrey is best known in the world of popular music as a member of the music duo Perrey and Kingsley, as well as for his light-hearted style of music.

While studying medicine in Paris, Perrey met Georges Jenny, inventor of the Ondioline. Perrey soon quit medical school and travelled through Europe to demonstrate this keyboard ancestor of the modern-day synthesizer. When he turned 30, Perrey moved to New York where he was sponsored by Caroll Bratman, who built him an experimental laboratory and recording studio. It was here where Perrey invented a new way of creating music. Perrey used scissors, splicing tape, and tape recorders when composing his unique take on the future.

Jean-Jacques Perrey befriended Robert Moog and became one of the first musicians to use the Moog synthesizer. In 1965, Perrey met Gershon Kingsley, and together the duo created two albums for Vanguard Records; The In Sound From Way Out (1966) and Kaleidoscopic Vibrations (1967). The duo would collaborate on sound design for radio and television advertising. Perrey soon returned to France to continue composing for television. He also took up scoring for ballet and continued medical research in therapeutic sounds for insomniacs.

Perrey and Kingsley were very influential, and inspired many acts in years to come. Rap group Beastie Boys released an instrumental album The In Sound From Way Out as a tribute to the duo. Two of Perrey’s themes, “The Elephant Never Forgets” and “Baroque Hoedown,” were used in Mexico by writer/comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños, in which a lawsuit was issued in 2009, settling in 2010. Perrey’s 1970 song “E.V.A.” has been sampled by several rap artists such as Gang Starr and House of Pain.

For an extended period of time, Perrey faded into obscurity, returning in 1997 when he started recording in Bordeaux, France with David Chazam. the two released the album Eklectronics was released on vinyl in France only in 1998. Perrey has continued to collaborate with many electronic artists, and his songs have appeared in different television shows over the years. ~ Wikipedia

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From the 1970 album Mood Indigo
Moog Indigo

  • E.V.A.