Jean-Jacques Perrey et son Ondioline

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Jean-Jacques Perrey (1929-2016) was a pioneer of electronic pop music celebrated for his uniquely whimsical sampled soundworld, his ground breaking style of rhythmic tape editing and his early use of the Moog modular synthesizer.

Perrey was also the world’s only virtuoso of the Ondioline, a remarkable French proto-synthesizer developed from the 1940s to the 1960s. On the occasion of what would have been Perrey’s 89th birthday, Wally De Backer, better known by his stage name Gotye, presents a personal tribute to someone he considers his spiritual grandfather.

Wally got to know Jean-Jacques over the last few years of the elder musician’s life, and during this time Jean-Jacques and his daughter entrusted Wally with many materials from the composer’s personal archive. This led to the release of a unique retrospective compilation of early Ondioline recordings entitled Jean-Jacques Perrey et son Ondioline on an archival label that Wally established called Forgotten Futures. Through his extensive research and a deep appreciation of Jean-Jacques’ music with the Ondioline, Wally has embarked on a long-term project to revive the Ondioline as a functional and accessible musical instrument for a new generation of musicians. Wally will celebrate Jean-Jacques’ birthday in Melbourne by demonstrating the Ondioline in this intimate, solo setting, playing songs from across Jean-Jacques’ eclectic and unpredictable career, as well as presenting rare restored recordings from the maestro’s archive.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre, by arrangement with MESS

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