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Synth and electronic music innovator Jean-Jacques Perrey passes away at 87

Synth and electronic music innovator Jean-Jacques Perrey passes away at 87

Synthesiser and electronic music innovator Jean-Jacques Perrey has passed away at the age of 87.

The French composer was a innovator in electronic music, being one of the first to bring it to Europe in demonstrating Ondioline, the pre-cursor to the modern synth in 1940. He was also one of the first to use the hugely influential Moog synthesiser.

He went on to lead a number of musical movements, innovating through to the end of his career. 'Moog Indigo' - an album released in 1970 - included a version of 'Flight of the Bumblebee' that was pieced together from recordings of actual bees.

“I invented a new process for generating rhythms utilizing musique concrete sounds such as noises of machines, animal cries, insects buzzing, etc.,’’ he said in his online autobiography. “Once the sounds were recorded I would knead them, chop them, run them through filters backward at twice the speed (or half the speed), and in this way they would become practically unidentifiable.”

Patricia Leroy, his only immediate survivor and daughter, said the cause was lung cancer.


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