Financial Times interview: ‘I probably spend more time with machines’

More than four decades ago, a slightly built 28-year-old French musician called Jean-Michel Jarre recorded Oxygène, using an eight-track tape machine and some capricious analogue synthesisers. To say machines have advanced since that breakthrough 1976 album is vastly to understate the state of the electronic art. But Jarre, now a youthful 70, manages to be simultaneously enthusiastic and concerned about technology’s potential. Read more. Continue reading Financial Times interview: ‘I probably spend more time with machines’

Insight of Jarre interview to Electronic Voyager documentary in his studio

From our Bob Moog documentary – Electronic Voyager Archive Series: Michelle Moog-Koussa pays a visit to electronic music legend Jean-Michel Jarre in his studio outside of Paris, giving us an extensive tour of his collection of Moog instruments, and discussing Bob Moog’s impact on electronic music history. Continue reading Insight of Jarre interview to Electronic Voyager documentary in his studio

Sidebar interview of Jarre by Bryan Breesman (2019)

French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre has toured the globe, sold an estimated 80 million albums, and holds the Guinness Book record for largest outdoor concert attendance (3.5 million people). He’s also a down-to-earth person who loves painting, sci-fi, and movies. In this episode, we discuss those Side Jams and how they relate to his career. He and I also explore how artists engage the … Continue reading Sidebar interview of Jarre by Bryan Breesman (2019)

The Guardian’s article about the current Philharmonie Exhibition in Paris

In the Philharmonie de Paris on an overcast Tuesday afternoon, Jean-Yves Leloup is pondering why what may be the most comprehensive exhibition ever assembled about the history of electronic music is taking place in France’s capital. “I don’t understand why the Germans or the British didn’t do it before,” he shrugs. “But we have a history of electronic music in France, from musique concrète to … Continue reading The Guardian’s article about the current Philharmonie Exhibition in Paris

A Conversation with Jean-Michel Jarre by Neil Clarke in Clarkesworld Magazine (2019)

For some, science fiction has a sound. A notion of which I was reminded when an opportunity to meet French electronic music pioneer, Jean-Michel Jarre, presented itself in December. It can be argued that no other genre of music better represents what I hear in my mind as the soundtrack for space, science fiction, and the future. How could I say no? In 1976, Jean-Michel … Continue reading A Conversation with Jean-Michel Jarre by Neil Clarke in Clarkesworld Magazine (2019)

Interview to Classic Pop (2019)

To Infinity and Beyond: Jean-Michel Jarre interview An icon of electronica who’s staged some of the most impressive live shows of all time, Jean-Michel Jarre is still looking to the future – and fine-tuning his new album in mid-air in a jet plane… He came to fame in 1976 with the multi-million-selling Oxygène and has since been unofficially hailed as the ‘Godfather Of Electronica’. More … Continue reading Interview to Classic Pop (2019)

Jarre interview about Planet Jarre (Fall 2018)

Last fall I had the honor of interviewing Jean-Michel Jarre for the second time (the two features based on our 2017 conversation are here and here). This second interview again resulted in two separate features; one ran in Stomp & Stammer; the other on Rock and Roll Globe. Here now is the full 2018 interview, restored to oneness … and then broken into three sections … Continue reading Jarre interview about Planet Jarre (Fall 2018)

Interview: Jean-Michel Jarre Dives Deep Into Equinoxe Infinity

If Klaus Schulze is the consigliere of electronic music, then Jean-Michel Jarre is surely the Godfather. The Lyon, France-born Jarre has racked up over 80 million album sales and counting internationally, with his analog-synth-centric 1976 album Oxygène generally acknowledged as having opened a wider door on the synthesizer revolution of the ’70s. JMJ, as he’s also known, further cemented his position with the 1978 sequencer-and-synth … Continue reading Interview: Jean-Michel Jarre Dives Deep Into Equinoxe Infinity

#668 Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène

Originally posted on Random Record Review:
I’ve never been a particular fan of JMJ, generally preferring my electronic instrumental music as either the full-blown ridiculously OTT progtastic fare of Wakeman or Wayne, or chugging motorik krautrock or the early electronic pioneers of Carlos, Derbyshire and Oram, or the neo-classical composers of Johann Johannson et al. That said, Jarre has written one of the most distinctive… Continue reading #668 Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygène