Space Art (band)

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Space Art
OriginFrance
Genres
Years active1977–1981, 2012–present
Labels
  • IF Records
  • Carrère
  • Waves Records
  • Spalax
  • C.Zen Prod
  • Deserted Island Music
Associated acts
Members
  • Dominique Perrier
  • Michel Valy
  • Lilli Lacombe
  • Alain Pype
Past members
  • Roger Rizzitelli
  • Tommy Rizzitelli

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.

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

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.[1][2]

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.[1]

Career[edit]

They released three albums between 1977 and 1980,[3] selling three million units worldwide and achieving number one status in France.[4] All three albums were recorded at Studios Ferber [fr] in Paris.[1] 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 [fr] and also for Gipsy Kings.

Following the death of Roger Rizzitelli, his son Tommy joined the group as the drummer.[4] A tribute record was released in 2012 by Perrier and his new band, remaking some Space Art tracks.[5]

Discography[edit]

Singles:[6]

  • "Onyx": 1977, IF Records
  • "Speedway": 1978, Carrère
  • "Nous savons tout": 1978, Carrère
  • "Symphonix": 1981, Carrère

Albums:[6]

  • 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)

Re-releases:

  • Space Art (Onyx): 1998, Spalax
  • Trip In The Center Head: 1997, Spalax
  • Space Art (Onyx): 2009, C.Zen Prod

New albums:

  • Space Art Tribute - Pype Line: 2012
  • Entrevues: 2020, Deserted Island Music[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Richard, Philippe (29 November 2016). "Musique. Space Art, pionniers de l'electro à la française" [Music. Space Art, pioneers of French electro]. Ouest France (in French). Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Space Art". C Zen Prod. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  3. ^ Fitzgerald, Colin (15 November 2016). "Classic albums from French proto-electro duo Space Art get reissues alongside new remix EP". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  4. ^ a b "A new album from SPACE ART, the legendary French group with 3 millions of albums sold". 24 Presse. 21 July 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  5. ^ Schelle, Stephan (September 2012). "Dominique Perrier Project – Space Art Tribute". MusikZirkus-Magazin.de (in German). Retrieved 27 April 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Discographie Space Art" [Space Art Discography]. Lescharts.com (in French). Retrieved 28 April 2021.
  7. ^ "News". Deserted Island Music. Retrieved 28 April 2021.

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