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Jean-Jacques Perrey, the French composer and pioneer of electronic pop music who was best known for co-writing "Baroque Hoedown" used as the music for the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disney theme parks, has died at age 87. (Facebook / Dana Countryman)

Jean-Jacques Perrey, one of the founders of electronic music, died Friday at 87


Jean-Jacques Perrey, one of the founders of electronic music, died on Friday at the age of 87 due to lung cancer.

One of Perrey's most famous works is "Baroque Hoedown," which plays during the Main Street Electrical Parade at Disney World.

Dana Countryman, Perrey's frequent collaborator, posted a lengthy tribute to Perrey on Facebook, calling him the "pioneer of popular electronic music."

His crazy, happy music has been heard everywhere, from commercials to 'Sesame Street' in hip-hop songs, in dance remixes...
Dana Countryman

Perrey, born in 1929, started playing music when he was given an accordion for Christmas. While attending medical school, he met Georges Jenny, inventor of the Ondioline, the forerunner to the synthesizer. Perrey soon qu it medical school and taught himself to play the new instrument.

Perrey soon used the Ondioline and the new Moog synthesizer in the 1960s to create new sounds based on machines or buzzing flies.

"Once the sounds were recorded I would knead them, chop them, run them through filters backward at twice the speed (or half the speed), and in this way they would become practically unidentifiable," he wrote in an autobiography on his website."

Jean-Jacques Perrey - Baroque Hoedown

Here's "Baroque Hoedown" from his album "The Sound In From The Way Out!", made famous by Disney theme parks.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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