Chronologie (studio album, 1993)

Studio album
Publication May 1993
Recording 1992-1993
Length 42:03
Producer Jean Michel Jarre
Label Disques Dreyfus
Notes: This disc is dedicated to Stephen Hawking’s book : “A short history of time”

Chronologie is viewed by many fans as the follow-up of the Equinoxe album, for many reasons. Its structure (8 parts), some specific instruments (The Digisequencer being the evolve form of the Matrisequencer) and its cyclic conception. Indeed, the start and end of the disc each start/conclude by the same heart beat. It is also the most complex assembly of digital and analogic synths produces at that time.

Snipets of Chronologie part 4 and 5 had been previousely built for the purpose of the Swatch company. The gentle 8-note melody we hear in both songs has been produced for the Swatch musical, and pieces of over melodies a light and laser show in the company’s headquarters in Switzerland.

The most significant shift in Jarre’s music is the involvment of french electric guitar virtuoso Patrick Rondat, who appears on part 2 and 3 of the album. Never before has Jarre given such a rock input to his music (arguing that London Kid’s guitar was moreless a rock gimmick). The second half of the album is a bit rave-trended (it was the burst of this movment in England, a country Jarre knew perfectly), with catchy beats and soft pads, and a major hit, Chronologie 4, that are most likely to describe as a “synthesizer roller coaster”.

  1. “Chronologie Part 1” – 10:51
  2. “Chronologie Part 2” – 6:05
  3. “Chronologie Part 3” – 3:59
  4. “Chronologie Part 4” – 3:59
  5. “Chronologie Part 5” – 5:34
  6. “Chronologie Part 6” – 3:45
  7. “Chronologie Part 7” – 2:17
  8. “Chronologie Part 8” – 5:33

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