A Guide to Jean Michel Jarre, 1977-93

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Beginner’s guide to Jean Michel Jarre

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Now largely retired and often forgotten, the grandfather of electronic music once made an enormous dent on the world of music by ignoring the typical trappings of success and just noodling on synths a bit. Never afraid to be a little cheesy, his music blends classical elements, synthesised atmospherics, and a whole lot of concept. Key moments Oxygène (Part… Continue reading Beginner’s guide to Jean Michel Jarre

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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Jean Michel Jarre career review: “Synthesisers in the rain”

There was one particular episode from last year’s series of Top Of The Pops reruns from 1977 that struck a chord with me. It was the 27th September edition according to a quick Google. (At least I’m honest in my searching). It had the promotional film for “Magic fly” by Space, all strange anonymous musicians in helmets and synthesised dance beats. That was odd enough, … Continue reading Jean Michel Jarre career review: “Synthesisers in the rain”

Jarre interviewed by French Channel Arte


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Here is the transcription of the latest interview of Jean Michel Jarre in Tracks, a french pop-culture magazine both in German and French langage.


Arte: A sound laboratory, a mad scientist … But what happened to Jean Michel Jarre? The abuse of Oxygen, no doubt.
Where goes the mega shows of Jean Michel Jarre, the grass does not grow more. His first outdoor concert in July 1979, Place de la Concorde attracts over one million people. That builds an ego.
JMJ: “I even remember that night after the concert, there’s a guy with a beard, he had a head a bit like Fidel Castro, he leaned towards me and said: ” I’ve never seen anything alike of my life “and I say,” Thank you, that’s nice ” and someone told me,” You know who that was? It was Mick Jagger.”

Arte: Oxygen 4 was released in 1976 and made ​​a stratospheric career against all odds.
JMJ: “The evidence is that this record has been denied by virtually all majors. From the first albums of “Oxygen”, there are many who have been dismissed, because it began with a sort of wind soubd and people thought it was a mistake on the disk, and therefore, there was a lot of feedback with people saying that there was a fault on the vinyl. ‘

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