“His most vibrant album in decades”

No one could ever mistake 67-year-old Jean-Michel Jarre for the hardest working man in pop, but his first album of new material since 2007’s disastrous Teo & Tea is an overdue reminder of what made him great in the first place.Loosely conceived as a cross-generational celebration of electronic music, every track here is a collaboration, with guests ranging from old timers Pete Townshend and Tangerine … Continue reading “His most vibrant album in decades”

The vinyl Factory : Essential 10 Jarre tracks

Despite having sold in excess of 80 million albums, being a four time Guinness world record holder and having an asteroid named after him, Jean-Michel Jarre has never quite received the critical respect he deserves. Patrick Ryder introduces 10 tracks from across a visionary career that has singularly helped shape modern electronic music. Read more Continue reading The vinyl Factory : Essential 10 Jarre tracks

Jean Michel Jarre career highlight aussie review from 2008

April, 3th 2008 review: With its unforgettable hook, Oxygene led the synthesizer revolution of the ’70s. Jean Michel Jarre tells why he’s bringing it back. Released in 1976, Oxygene was a sensation: futuristic Continental machine music, not so very different from what Kraftwerk were up to in Dusseldorf at the time, but a whole lot more popular. It sounded wide-eyed and innovative – and seemed … Continue reading Jean Michel Jarre career highlight aussie review from 2008

Jean Michel Jarre career review from the early 80’s

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Jean Michel Jarre succeeded where such luminaries as the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Pink Floyd failed – in becoming the first Western rock artist to be allowed to perform live in the People’s Republic of China. His tour of that country in 1981 consisted of five sell-out concerts in Peking and Shanghai before ultra-polite audiences that included top political leaders and young students; it was heralded as a major success on both sides of the Bamboo Curtain. Jarre was born in lyon, France, in 1948. His father, Maurice Jarre, became famous for his film soundtracks for such movies as Dr Zhivago and Laurence of Arabia. Jarre started to learn the piano at the age of five and continued his musical education until the age of 24, having studied harmony and composition at The Paris Conservatoire. His work at this world-famous institution was augmented by extra-curricular activities involving local rock bands, although this didn’t prevent him from completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1968. Jarre moved to the Paris Music Research Centre to work under the direction of Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry on musical research and composition, and it was here that Jarre came into contact with musique concrete concepts, whereby the composer is encouraged to think more in terms of sounds than dots on the page.

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