Elec­tronic mu­sic pi­o­neer Jean-Jac­ques Per­rey dies aged 87

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

French­man Jean-Jac­ques Per­rey, who pi­o­neered elec­tronic mu­sic and whose scores were used by Dis­ney and in the hit chil­dren’s TV se­ries “Sesame Street”, died on Fri­day aged 87. Per­rey died in the Swiss lake­side city of Lau­sanne af­ter a bat­tle with lung can­cer, his daugh­ter Pa­tri­cia Leroy said. The self-taught Per­rey quit med­i­cal school in 1952 when he met Ge­orge Jenny, in­ven­tor of the On­di­o­line-a new type of elec­tronic key­board in­stru­ment that was a fore­run­ner to the com­mer­cial syn­the­siser and launched a ca­reer in mu­sic.

He was an early user of the Moog syn­the­siser which rev­o­lu­tionised elec­tronic mu­sic in the 1960s. Per­rey ex­per­i­mented with sev­eral mu­si­cal gen­res, pro­duc­ing two al­bums aimed at help­ing sleep. His mu­sic fea­tured on a Bea­tles 1968 Christ­mas record and has been used by hip-hop artists and rap­pers such as Gang Starr, Ice Cube and Dr Dre. It has also been used at Dis­ney theme parks. Per­rey said his mu­sic was fun and had no pon­der­ous mes­sages. “Un­like some com­posers who aim at com­mu­ni­cat­ing a ‘mes­sage’ to hu­man­ity through their works, I have no such in­ten­tion,” he wrote in 1968.

“My only pur­pose is to try to bring the lis­tener some joy and plea­sure. There is noth­ing more than a mes­sage of hu­mour in my mu­sic,” he said. Per­rey re­tired in 2010 af­ter 27 al­bums. His mu­sic is still used for ad­ver­tise­ments as well as car­toon and TV shows in­clud­ing “South Park” and “The Simp­sons”.

Jean-Jac­ques Per­rey

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