Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre was keen to get his hands on Arturia’s debut interface since it was first announced. Since then, how has AudioFuse worked in his time-tested, iconic setup? Watch this video and find out! Continue reading JMJ talks about Arturia’s AudioFuse (2017)
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In this vidéo, Jean-Michel Jarre talks about the use of the Access Virus he’s currently triggering for the famous laser harp sound. Sideman musicians Stéphane Gervais tells us more on his setup, that he calls his “kitchen”. Continue reading Jean-Michel Jarre talks about Access Virus
In this video, Jean-Michel Jarre talks about sampling, loops and delays, and which software he used for Electronica. You can some tracks from the album in the background. Continue reading Interview to Native Instruments (Part 2, 2015)
Entire composing and mixing of the album Metamorphoses from 1999 was made in Pro Tools. Jean Michel Jarre is accompanied by Joachim Garraud. Continue reading Jean Michel Jarre conference about using ProTools on Metamorphoses (2000)
Famed for his stunning live concerts and the multi-million selling album Oxygene of 1976, French composer and electronic pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre is still going strong. Having studied under visionary musicologist Pierre Schaeffer in the ’50s, Jarre has a unique and fascinating insight into the unfolding history of electronic music, and has continued that legacy of experimentation throughout a career spanning five decades. This year, Jarre reveals Electronica, a huge project that sees him join forces with an army of collaborators whose own forays into electronic music have played an inspiring role. The first album, Electronica 1: The Time Machine, is released this autumn, with a second volume to follow in April 2016. Meanwhile, Jarre has plans to take it to the road for another live spectacular.
When digital technology came along, did you embrace it as eagerly as you had analogue?
“In terms of instruments, I think that electronic music went through some difficult times. It’s linked with the CD actually— the phenomenon of leaving vinyl and thinking that CD was the Holy Grail of technology, yet we know today that it was worse than vinyl, and MP3 is worse than CD, which was the 78 of the digital era It’s the same with the Japanese digital instruments. When the Yamaha DX7 was out, everybody thought that this was the future and analogue instruments were behind us. Everybody said it’s great, because you have presets, you can do whatever you want, but you were not as free to create the sounds you wanted in an intuitive way. Digital spent 15 to 20 years trying to compete with the warmth and sound of analogue, but only in the last five years with plug-ins like Diva, Dune, Monard, Omnisphere and the Native Instruments ones, is there a real new way of competing with the analogue Moog, Memorymoog or ARP 2600.”
The Elka Synthex is his favorite polyphonic synth and the handcraft of the Rendez-Vous signature sound album. Continue reading Jarre praising the return of the Elka Synthex
Extrardinary catalogue of synths from the 60’s forward. Filmed by Alain Mangenot. Continue reading Stunning Jean Michel Jarre’s studio filmed around 1997