German-born Palestine-raised composer
relocated to the USA in 1946 and in 1955 moved to New York, where he began
to work on Broadway musicals.
French-born Jean-Jacques Perrey moved to the same place in 1960 and, influenced by
Pierre Schaeffer's "musique concrete", began to compose music by cutting and
splicing together bits of tape.
His first album, Prelude Au Sommeil (1958), was actually an album of electronic pop (ostensibly for relaxation) performed on a proto-synthesizer invented in 1941 by Georges Jenny, the "ondioline", also featured on the
EP Mister Ondioline (1960).
When the two met, they recorded an album based
on that technique of electronic assemblage, The In Sound from Way Out (1966). Their second album, Kaleidoscopic Vibrations (1967), added the Moog synthesizer and included a catchy ditty, Baroque Hoedown (destined to become a Walt Disney theme).
Kingsley then used the new instrument to record Music To Moog By (1969),
that included another catchy novelty, Popcorn. Three years later a member
of his First Moog Quartet, Stan Free, played the Moog on a German cover of that
tune by Hot Butter that became the first worldwide hit of electronic music.
The First Moog Quartet had debuted at the Carnegie Hall in 1970
(one of the earliest live performances of a synthesizer), and Kingsley
had composed a Concerto for Moog (1971) scored for
synthesizer quartet and symphony orchestra.
God Is A Moog (Reboot Stereophonic, 2006) is a double-disc antohology of the religious compositions of Gershon Kingsley.
Jean-Jacques Perrey also recorded the solo album
The Amazing New Electronic Pop Sound (1968).
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