Jean-Jacques Perrey, Electronic Music Pioneer, Dead at 87
Jean-Jacques Perrey, "the pioneer of popular electronic music," died on Friday, November 4, 2016 after a battle with lung cancer. Learn about the trailblazer's life and legacy as one of the first musicians to adopt electronic instruments in the Rolling Stone report of his death and overview of his work.This article originally appeared on Rolling Stone
Jean-Jacques Perrey, French composer and electronic music pioneer, died Friday at his home in Switzerland following a bout with lung cancer at 87. Mal Meehan
Frequently sampled composer one of first artists to perform with Moog, also penned "Baroque Hoedown" from Disneyland's electric parade
Jean-Jacques Perrey, French composer and electronic music pioneer, died Friday at his home in Switzerland following a bout with lung cancer. He was 87. His daughter, Patricia Leroy, confirmed the musician's death to Rolling Stone.
"As the owner of indie label Oglio Records, I have had the pleasure of encountering hundreds of artists but I rarely have the opportunity to work with legends," Oglio Records owner Carl Caprioglio, a friend of Perrey's who released his 2006 album The Happy Electropop Music Machine, tells Rolling Stone. "Jean-Jacques Perrey is a legend and I am thankful I had the chance to help share his beautiful and uplifting music with the world. My heart goes out to his daughter Patricia, his recent musical collaborator Dana Countryman and to all of his many fans worldwide."
Perrey's career in music started in the Fifties when he left medical school to craft musique concrete compositions. During this period, Perrey became among the first European artists to embrace electronic instruments, first with the electronic keyboard the Ondioline and, years later, the Moog synthesizer...