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Jean Jacques Perrey / Dana Countryman

Recording both as a solo artist and in collaboration with Gershon Kingsley, Jean-Jacques Perrey helped popularize electronic music with a series of albums in the 1960s that used Moog synthesizers, the Ondioline, and magnetic tape. His work was never intended to be part of the avant-garde, as Perrey himself cheerfully declared in his liner notes. His goal was to popularize electronic music by deploying it in happy, simple tunes and arrangements. That's why his music falls far closer to easy listening/space age pop than any sort of cutting edge -- and that is also why his music sounds more cheesily nostalgic than futuristic.

In the early '50s, Perrey became fascinated by the Ondioline, a keyboard instrument that anticipated the synthesizer with its emulation of other instruments. He dropped out of medical school to become a sales representative for the Ondioline, and by the early '60s he had moved to the U.S. to work in television, radio, and the recording studio. His '60s albums for Vanguard, both as a solo act and half of Perrey-Kingsley, were his most widely circulated, giving Perrey a chance to demonstrate his arsenal of electronic instruments, treatments, and tape manipulations. The actual results were bouncy and childish, perhaps betraying more of Perrey's considerable background in radio/TV jingles than may have been intended. Treated more as novelties than innovations, they came back into vogue when Perrey was profiled in RE/SEARCH's Incredibly Strange Music book in the 1990s. Perrey returned to France in 1970, where he continued to work in radio, TV, soundtracks, and other musical projects. By the '90s he had begun recording again, first in a collaboration with French electronica duo Air, then with an album of his own, Eclektronics. Additional albums followed, including 2008's Destination Space, which the 80 year-old Perrey created with help from fellow composer Dana Countryman. In keeping with the musicians' experimental nature, the album featured artificial, computer-generated vocals instead of sounds supplied by human vocalists. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Track List: Destination Space

1. Prologue

2. Destination Space

3. The Spy From Outer Space

4. Kittens On The Moon

5. Cafe Brazilia

6. The Mysterious Mr. Him

7. Funky Little Spacegirl

8. Rhapsody

9. The Girl From Berlin

10. Barn Dance On Saturn

11. Agent 29's Escape

12. Venusian Love Duet

13. 18th Century Robot

14. Little Brown Moog

15. Calypso Electronica

16. Pour L'amore De Toi

17. Beyond The Milky Way

18. Gymnopedie, No. 1

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Track List: The Happy Electropop Music Machine

1. Atomic Twist

2. Pizzacato Samba

3. Cosmic Cowboys And Indians

4. Edith Von Aachenburg

5. Mame

6. The Whistling Cosmonauts

7. The Typewriter

8. Harry's Rag

9. Hernando's Hideaway / Tico Tico

10. The Good Old Days

11. Chicken On The Rocks

12. Forever Moog

13. The Stars And Stripes Forever

14. Troll's Story - Morning Theme

15. Troll's Story - The Gate Of Thule

16. Troll's Story - The Arrival Of The Queen

17. Troll's Story - Triumphant Return Of The Adventurers

18. Troll's Story - The Queen's Minuet

19. Troll's Story - Furioso Disco

20. Furioso Disco (Bran Flakes Mix)

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Track List: The Typewriter (Single)

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This guy rules. Classic Moog never hurt anyone!
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sparkgirlj
I suddenly felt like I was playing a side scroll video game... all while looking for smooth jazz electronica. I agree with the "cheesily nostalgic" note...
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Seems like an unknown artist. Great songs though!

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