JEAN-JAC­QUES PERREY

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Jean-Jac­ques Perrey Et Son On­di­o­line FOR­GOT­TEN FU­TURES 7/10 Charm­ing ac­count of French pop pi­o­neer’s early elec­tronic ex­plo­rations Jean-Jac­ques Perrey, who died in Novem­ber aged 89, was a ge­nial bof­fin best known for his in­flu­en­tial work with the Moog syn­the­siser. He be­friended its in­ven­tor Robert Moog in the mid-1960s and con­cocted the dizzy key­board funk of Moog Indigo and The In Sound From Way Out! But his first love was the On­di­o­line, an elec­tronic pre­cur­sor to the syn­the­siser in­vented – as any self-re­spect­ing Stere­o­lab fan will tell you – by French­man Ge­orges Jenny in 1941. Perrey loved the pos­si­bil­i­ties of the On­di­o­line’s ef­fects and mimetic qual­i­ties – it could im­i­tate a dozen in­stru­ments – and by the early-’60s he’d be­come both the world’s only On­di­o­line vir­tu­oso and a trav­el­ling sales­man for the key­board. In­deed, the second half of this com­pi­la­tion, thought­fully as­sem­bled by Go­tye’s Wally De Backer, fea­tures Perrey demon­strat­ing the range of the On­di­o­line’s sonor­ity with 10-second clips of him mim­ick­ing a banjo, cas­tanets, oboe and so on, re­stored from the orig­i­nal ac­etate. The first half col­lects 11 of Perrey’s more con­ven­tional On­di­o­line com­po­si­tions from the ’50s and ’60s, in­clud­ing whim­si­cal nuggets such as “Danielle Of Am­s­ter­dam”, writ­ten with a young An­gelo Badala­menti, and the goofy groove of “Chicken On The Rocks” and “Barn­yard In Space”, the On­di­o­line dec­o­rat­ing each with rude squawks.

Ex­tras: 7/10. A 36-page book­let with ar­chive photos and liner notes by Si­mon Reynolds.

Cut it out: Jean Jac­ques Perrey and his amaz­ing On­di­o­line

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