French composer and friend of Robert Moog, Jean-Jacques Perrey, passed away this weekend at age 87.
According to Perrey's daughter Patricia Leroy, the artist died of lung cancer last week.
The musical spearhead, who was a former medical student in France before creating his lab and recording studio in North America, created some of the earliest works of electronic music and Moog productions.
Jean-Jacques was responsible for a number of milestones across his time, most of which pre-dated and prepped the dance music community for now-standard means of creation.
After being introduced to the Moog, Perrey started using splices of real-world sounds in pop music, foreshadowing the practice of sampling. Moving forward, the Parisian pioneer also produced albums designed to help treat insomnia, predicting the rise of the ambient genre. Later in his career, Jean-Jacques continued as half the duo of Perrey and Kingsley and worked with the likes of Aphex Twin.
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