Sunday, November 6, 2016

RIP Jean-Jacques Perrey

for several years in college, I opened my radio show (alternately named Digitrash, Musynchronocity, and Shortcuts That Take Longer) with the elegant sounds of Jean-Jacques's moog on "Carousel of the Planets".  Along with Gershon Kingsley, the duo were like the Hendrix of Moog.  They defined the instrument and opened up its many possibilities.  Of course, it was at times slightly kitsch, which lead to a long history of their work not being taken seriously, but there's something about the range of a group who can make hip-hop waves, perform cosmic ballads, catalogue the isolated terror of outer space, give Smash Mouth a career, inspire the theme to Futurama, and soundtrack a parade at Disneyland...

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