Jean-Jacques Perrey was born in France in 1929. He was studying medecine in Paris when he met George Jenny, inventor of the Ondioline. Quitting medical school, Perrey travelled through Europe demonstrating this keyboard ancestor of the modern synth. At the age of 30, Perrey relocated to New York, and build him an experimental laboratory and recording studio. Here he invented a new process for generating rhythms with sequences and loops, utilising the environmental sounds of musique concrète. With scissors, splicing tape & tape recorders, he spent weeks piecing together a uniquely comique take on the future. Befriending Robert Moog, he became one of the first Moog musicians, creating far out electronic entertainment.
He has influenced the likes of Beastie boys, His 1970 song “E.V.A” was sampled by several rap artists, most notably Gang starr’s song Just to Get a Rep (1991) and most recently, Luke Vibert and his song I love acid. Though Perrey never enjoyed tremendous commercial success, his music inspired a generation of musicians and was used (and still is used) extensively in advertising. Moog Indigo, a Jean-Jacques Perrey solo album from 1970 featured E.V.A. This slow, funky track is one of the most sampled in hip-hop. In the U.S., it is currently being used in a TV ad for Zelnorm, a prescription medication for female irritable bowel syndrome. His music has even been used by Walt Disney ! It’s an understatement to say that Jean-Jacques Perrey has had a huge influence on electronic music.
Jean-Jacques Perrey : E.V.A. [Moog indigo : 1970 : Vanguard]
Luke Vibert : I love acid [YosePH : 2003 : Ward records]
A fixture on the UK jungle scene since the early nineties, Photek a.k.a. Rupert Parkes (born 1972, St Albans, England) is best known for his role in developing the “intelligent” drum & bass genre. Photek’s incredibly detailed drum programming, has been combining a sophisticated sense for abstract sounds with jazz and classic techno influences. Recently Parkes has been more and more active in producing music for film, having worked on a number of scoring projects for upcoming features from his new home base in Los Angeles. He is now dedicated into film scoring. T-Raenon is a track that is 15 years old as it’s been released in 1996 on Op-ART. It’s an an epic ambient tune which suddenly filters up and drops into another bout of trademark Photek rhythmical wizardry. Comming off with a strong, deep 92-94 ambient techno vibe, it ranks alongside Innerzone Orchestra’s Bug in the Bassbin” and LTJ Bukem’s Logical Progression vol.1 as a landmark classic.
Photek : T-Raenon [Op-Art : 1996 EP]
It’s a wild guess but here’s a couple of hints : he’s been featured on this blog, he is a very eclectic DJ, he likes funk, and no he does not pay me to advertise his songs. But since George Lucas once forced the Jedi knights to change their name, I guess he won’t be bothered that I hide his name. All I can tell you is that the original is from Meco’s album Music inspired by Star wars and other galactic funk. Because imagination is more important than knowledge – dixit Einstein.
Meco – Star Wars Theme / Cantina Band [1977 : RCA – Victor ]
Unknown Rabin hood sampling La Cantina – 2004 [Bootleg ]