PERREY, JEAN-JACQUES - PRELUDE AU SOMMEIL (CLEAR)

PERREY, JEAN-JACQUES - PRELUDE AU SOMMEIL (CLEAR)

LP (12"/10" Album)

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Label: FANTOME PHONOGR

Release date: 10/06/2018

Barcode: 2090504622189

Catalog no.: OMEC0001003

Item ID: 462218

Repress of 300 copies on clear vinyl. One of the pioneers of musique concrète and electronic tape manipulation, 'Prélude 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.

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