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Jean-Jacques Perrey

Recording both as a solo artist and in collaboration with Gershon Kingsley, Jean-Jacques Perrey helped popularize electronic music with a series of albums in the 1960s that used Moog synthesizers, the Ondioline, and magnetic tape. His work was never intended to be part of the avant-garde, as Perrey himself cheerfully declared in his liner notes. His goal was to popularize electronic music by deploying it in happy, simple tunes and arrangements. That's why his music falls far closer to easy listening/space age pop than any sort of cutting edge -- and that is also why his music sounds more cheesily nostalgic than futuristic.

In the early '50s, Perrey became fascinated by the Ondioline, a keyboard instrument that anticipated the synthesizer with its emulation of other instruments. He dropped out of medical school to become a sales representative for the Ondioline, and by the early '60s he had moved to the U.S. to work in television, radio, and the recording studio. His '60s albums for Vanguard, both as a solo act and half of Perrey-Kingsley, were his most widely circulated, giving Perrey a chance to demonstrate his arsenal of electronic instruments, treatments, and tape manipulations. The actual results were bouncy and childish, perhaps betraying more of Perrey's considerable background in radio/TV jingles than may have been intended. Treated more as novelties than innovations, they came back into vogue when Perrey was profiled in RE/SEARCH's Incredibly Strange Music book in the 1990s. Perrey returned to France in 1970, where he continued to work in radio, TV, soundtracks, and other musical projects. By the '90s he had begun recording again, first in a collaboration with French electronica duo Air, then with an album of his own, Eclektronics. Additional albums followed, including 2008's Destination Space, which the 80 year-old Perrey created with help from fellow composer Dana Countryman. In keeping with the musicians' experimental nature, the album featured artificial, computer-generated vocals instead of sounds supplied by human vocalists. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Cosmic Machine: French Cosmic & Electronic Avantgarde (1970-1980)

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Track List: Loose & Juicy: A Collection Of Funky Rare Grooves From The Vaults Of Vangaurd

1. E.V.A.

2. You Follow Me

3. You've Got To Do Your Best

4. Take Yo' Praise

5. A Gritty Nitty

6. Funk Ain't A Word

7. Spooky

8. Someone's Rocking My Jazzboat

9. Work Song

10. Ain't No Sunshine

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Track List: Moog: Original Film Soundtrack

Disc 1

3. Bob's Funk

5. The Sentinel

6. Unavailable Memory

9. Micro Melodies

11. Sqeeble

12. Realistic Source

13. You Have Been Selected

14. Nanobot Highway

15. Mixed Waste 4.2

16. Beautiful Love

17. Another Year Away

Disc 2

1. Lucky Man

2. Cars

3. E.V.A.

4. Mongoloid

5. Blue Monday

6. Baroque Hoedown

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GangStarr sampled this for his early 90s hit "Just to get a rep".
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Groovin type hip hop feelin like badd azz beat

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