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PERREY, JEAN-JACQUES - Prelude Au Sommeil

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Fantome Phonographique OME1003
Release Year: 2018
Note: re-issue of the first album by this French electronic / tape / musique concrete composer (originally 1958!), performed on the Ondioline (a vacuum-tube based, spring-loaded electronic instrument); "The music contained in this mysterious vinyl is like something between dreamy church organ hymns and the keyboard-based minimalism that Philip Glass and Terry Riley developed a decade later. It was intended as sleep-inducing and tranquilizing for use in mental hospitals."
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"Repress of 300 copies on clear vinyl. One of the pioneers of musique concrte and electronic tape manipulation, 'Prlude Au Sommeil' is Perrey's debut recording but shows a composer already at maturity. Originally released at the end of the fifties, as a private press under the fake institutional name "Institut Dormiphone", it consisted of 2 side-long tracks played on the Ondioline (a vacuum-tube based, spring-loaded electronic instrument). The music contained in this mysterious vinyl is like something between dreamy church organ hymns and the keyboard-based minimalism that Philip Glass and Terry Riley developed a decade later. It was intended as sleep-inducing and tranquilizing for use in mental hospitals. It is unclear if the copies pressed actually had been distributed to mental hospitals or if the whole story was just a fantastical joke on the part of Mr. Perrey. Essential."