Following on from our interview with Jean-Jacques Perrey and Dana Countryman earlier in the year, we caught up with these two fine gentlemen again towards the end of 2008 to talk about the second album they made together, Destination Space.
The interview was split over two shows and broadcast on a local radio station. Until now these shows have not been available as podcast. But that’s all changed now.
In 2008, Jean-Jacques Perrey and his musical partner Dana Countryman appeared at the first AV Festival, which took place at the Sage, Gateshead in March of that year.
In the afternoon, Jean-Jacques presented a lecture talking about his life of music-making, where he also gave a demonstration of how to make a tape loop. Amongst many others in the audience for that talk were James Cargill and Trish Keenan from Broadcast and Dick Mills from the Radiophonic Workshop (who DJ Bongoboy ended up sitting next to).
Later that day, Jean-Jacques and Dana took to the stage to perform some of Jean-Jacques’ greatest hits, as well as some of the music they’d been making together.
Before the evening show, we were lucky enough to spend some time with these two great gentlemen and recorded an interview with them.
This interview formed part of an edition of Project Moonbase which was broadcast in March 2008 but until now this show has not been available as a podcast.
Jean-Jacques’ answers are translated by his daughter, Patricia Leroy.
Lots of photos of the pair in action at the AV Festival can be found on Dana’s website.
PLEASE NOTE: the show is an archival recording and the music is all in mono. If you want to hear Jean-Jacques’ music in the ping pong stereo it was recorded in, we urge you to get hold of his music!
The Tony Hatch Sound: Black Is Black from A Latin Happenning
Barry Gray: White as Snow (commercial version) from Captain Scarlet
Brian Bennett & Alan Hawkshaw: Big Black Cadillac from KPM 1000 Series: Synthesis
Birds ‘n’ Brass: A Touch Of White (previously unreleased) from Soundsational Sort Of Sound
Mandingo: Black Fire from Mandingo/Sacrifice
Frank Hunter And His Orchestra: White Goddess from White Goddess
Kim & Buran: Black Wanderer from Rock ‘n’ Robot
Meteor: White Crows from Parallel Lives
Ìxtahuele: Black Sand from Pagan Rites
Orgasmo Sonore: White Sand from Revisiting Obscure Library Music
Dario Russo: The Black Dog from Danger 5: Series 1 (Original Soundtrack)
Snail’s House: white day from Ordinary Songs 2
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