Jean/Jacques Perrey was one of the earliest innovators in electronic music, creating a body of work spanning decades that has influenced everyone from Eno to The Beastie Boys. One of the pioneers of musique concrÃ¨te and electronic tape manipulation, PrÃ©lude Au Sommeil *Prelude to Sleep( 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@, PrÃ©lude au Sommeil consisted of 2 side/long tracks played on the Ondioline *George Jenny's 1941 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.The music of PrÃ©lude au Sommeil 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. What we know with certainty is that this album has been a precursor of what later became known as @ambient music@, 20 years before Brian Eno, the Kosmic Courier and the American minimalists. To hear something vaguely similar to PrÃ©lude au Sommeil we had to wait about five years, when in 1962, Epic Records produced the three volumes of Soothing Sounds For Baby of Raymond Scott.A droning&bubbling work of early electronic, PrÃ©lude Au Sommeil vacillates between playful and serious, light and dark, a truly beautiful piece from an icon of electronic music. Essential. Limited edition of 500 copies.