Electronic music pioneer was an early Moog adherent and virtuoso.
By Uncle Blurt
The progressive music world emitted a collective sigh today when word arrived of the passing of Jean-Jacques Perrey, a Robert Moog associate who, along with Gershon Kingsley (as Perrey-Kingsley – required listening: The In Sound From Way Out!, from 1966, a key influence on everyone from Stereolab to the Beastie Boys), created some of electronica’s earliest and most groundbreaking recordings. He passed away yesterday (Nov. 4) in Switzerland at the age of 87, from lung cancer.
Rolling Stone reports that Oglio Records owner Carl Caprioglio (the label issued Perrey”s 2006 album The Happy Electropop Music Machine), released a statement, saying, “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. 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.”
Read more about Perrey’s long, influential life HERE.