Space Art (band)
|Years active||1977–1981, 2012–present|
Space Art was a French electronic music duo consisting of Dominique Perrier on keyboards and late French drummer Roger "Bunny" Rizzitelli. The band had its main commercial success between 1977 and 1981.
In 1974, Dominique Perrier had been working as an arranger with Christophe, for whom Roger "Bunny" Rizzitelli had been drumming. Christophe brought an ARP Odyssey synthesizer, which was used mainly as a metronome, into the studio. Christophe then lent the synthesizer to Perrier for two years, during which time the band was born.
According to Perrier, he originally preferred to name the band Moon but, after a trip to a funfair, Rizzitelli suggested an alternative; one of the fair attractions had been named after Spessart, the German mountain range. This then morphed into Space Art, which sounded better to them both.
They released three albums between 1977 and 1980, selling three million units worldwide and achieving number one status in France. All three albums were recorded at Studios Ferber in Paris. Their music is often described as cosmic synth pop. The duo are considered pioneers of the French electronic music genre. In 1981, they supported Jean-Michel Jarre during his Concerts in China tour, thereby becoming among the first Western musicians to perform in China during Chinese economic reform; Perrier later played keyboards on various Jarre albums, for the band Stone Age and also for Gipsy Kings.
- "Onyx": 1977, IF Records
- "Speedway": 1978, Carrère
- "Nous savons tout": 1978, Carrère
- "Symphonix": 1981, Carrère
- Space Art (Onyx): 1977, IF Records #CA631-67173
- Trip In The Center Head: 1979, IF Records #CA631-67213
- Play Back (3): 1980, Waves Records #CA651-67575
- On Ne Dira Rien - Best Of All Times: 2016, Because Music (compilation album)
- Space Art (Onyx): 1998, Spalax
- Trip In The Center Head: 1997, Spalax
- Space Art (Onyx): 2009, C.Zen Prod
- Space Art Tribute - Pype Line: 2012
- Entrevues: 2020, Deserted Island Music
- Janet Woollacott, Dominique Perrier's late wife
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