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Nothing is currently known about Satellite Records, Fort Lee, NJ, where this extended demonstration of the Ondioline was cut to vinyl sometime in the 1960s.

Transcribed from the single known instance of this recording, the acetate was sourced from New York musician and record collector Jeremy Novak, who chanced upon it in the WFMU record fair’s bargain bin.

The artifact itself had not been well kept, and revealed a great amount of noise and distortion of various varieties upon transcription. It was determined that digitally removing too much of this complex noise detracted from the detail of Perrey’s Ondioline performances, so it is presented here largely as-transcribed from the acetate.

The final message from Perrey delivers the revelation that, in the 1960s, Georges Jenny was working on a system for the Ondioline to produce fluid glissandi such as are so beautifully facilitated by the Ondes Martenot. All available evidence suggests the system was never commercially released, but it’s fascinating to think what might have been recorded by Perrey with this extra expressive dimension applied to the Ondioline’s wide sonority scale.

This compilation marks the first release of this special insight into Perrey’s deep exploration and mastery of the Ondioline’s remarkable sound palette.

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from Jean​-​Jacques Perrey et son Ondioline, track released June 1, 1960
Jean-Jacques Perrey - Ondioline

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Jean-Jacques Perrey (1929-2016) was an alternative pop visionary, pioneer of rhythmic tape-edit sampling techniques, and virtuoso of the rare French electronic musical instrument, the Ondioline.

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