Electronic music pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey has passed away

Perrey was one of the fist artists to use the Moog

Electronic music pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey has passed away at his home in Switzerland after a battle with lung cancer. He was 87-years-old.

Perrey was among the first European artists to use electronic instruments, using the Ondioline electronic keyboard and then, the Moog synthesizer.

His daughter Patricia Leroy, confirmed the musician’s death to Rolling Stone. Oglio Records owner Carl Caprioglio worked with Perrey on his 2006 release ‘The Happy Electropop Music Machine’, stating that Perrey is a “legend”.

“As the owner of indie label Oglio Records, I have had the pleasure of encountering hundreds of artists but I rarely have the opportunity to work with legends,” Caprioglio told Rolling Stone.

He continued; “Jean-Jacques Perrey is a legend and I am thankful I had the chance to help share his beautiful and uplifting music with the world. My heart goes out to his daughter Patricia, his recent musical collaborator Dana Countryman and to all of his many fans worldwide.”

Perrey’s music was sampled by artists like Gang Starr, who used Perrey’s 1970 track ‘E.V.A’ on their ‘Just to Get a Rep’ releases; Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, A Tribe Called Quest and the Beatles – who included a snippet of ‘Baroque Hoedown’ in their 1968 Christmas Record – also sampled Perrey’s work.

Perrey’s frequent collaborator Dana Countryman wrote a tribute to “the pioneer of popular electronic music.”

“For those who don’t realize it, Jean-Jacques first started recording electronic music in 1952, long before the Moog synthesizer was first made for sale in 1967,” she said.

“Relocating from Paris to New York City, JJ actually owned and recorded with the second Moog ever produced, and with his musical partner Gershon Kingsley, they released their first Moog album – almost two years before Wendy Carlos released her first Moog album. Jean-Jacques was truly the pioneer of popular electronic music,” she continued.

“JJ loved his fans, and he would light up the stage with his bigger-than-life smile, and good-time Moog music,” Countryman wrote. “From my place next to him onstage, I would often notice many smiles on the faces in the audience, returning his beaming smile back to him. His music, and his personality just DID that to people.”