Jean-Michel Jarre

Jean-Michel Jarre



Jean-Michel André Jarre (pronounced [ʒɑ̃ miʃɛl ɑ̃dʁe ʒaʁ], born 24 August 1948) is a French composer, performer, and record producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient, and new-age genres, also known for organising outdoor spectacles featuring his music, vast laser displays and fireworks.

Jarre was raised in Lyon by his mother and grandparents, and trained on the piano. From an early age, he was introduced to a variety of art forms, including those of street performers, jazz musicians, and the artist Pierre Soulages. He played guitar in a band, but his musical style was perhaps most heavily influenced by Pierre Schaeffer, a pioneer of musique concrète at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales.

His first mainstream success was the 1976 album Oxygène. Recorded in a makeshift studio at his home, the album sold an estimated 12 million copies. Oxygène was followed in 1978 by Équinoxe, and in 1979, Jarre performed to a record-breaking audience of more than a million people at the Place de la Concorde, a record he has since broken three times. More albums were to follow, but his 1979 concert served as a blueprint for his future performances around the world. Several of his albums have been released to coincide with large-scale outdoor events, and he is now perhaps as well known as a performer as he is as a musician.

As of 2004, Jarre had sold an estimated 80 million albums. He was the first Western musician officially invited to perform in the People's Republic of China, and holds the world record for the largest-ever audience at an outdoor event.



Oxygène 3
Oxygène 3 is the nineteenth studio album by the French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre.
Oxygene, Pt. 17
Oxygene, Pt. 17 is a song by musical artist Jean-Michel Jarre, released on November 4, 2016.
Electronica 1: The Time Machine
Electronica 1: The Time Machine is the seventeenth studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre, released on 16 October 2015 by Columbia Records.
Oxygène (English: Oxygen) is the third studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre, and his first album not intended for use as a soundtrack.

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Album review: The Punishment of Luxury by OMD
  –  September 14, 2017
The title track, named after a 19th-century painting by Giovanni Segantini, finds OMD in their electronic sweet spot, with obvious points of reference to ‘80s contemporaries such as New Order, Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and even Jean-Michel Jarre.
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  –  September 14, 2017
“I have played all genres of dance music including Northern Soul, Motown, SKA, Electronic, but my favourites were the amazing 12” singles of Seventies – Earth Wind and Fire, Jean Michel Jarre, Human League disco anthems. I also loved the atmosphere ...
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  –  September 13, 2017
Among the many legendary musicians that have used the ARP 2600 are, Stevie Wonder, Pete Townsend, Jean-Michel Jarre, Mike Oldfield, Herbie Hancock, and many, many others. Today, musicians and producers aggressively pursue the limited number of remaining ...
Jarromaniac Testtracks ?? which is better ??
  –  September 11, 2017
Since his early days legends like, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre, Giorgio Moroder, Daft Punk and Air „electrified“ him irreversible with the synthesizer virus...
Jabra Evolve 75: Full focus at work
  –  September 8, 2017
I tried listening to the music of French electronic music artist Jean-Michel Jarre. His seminal work, Magnetic Fields, which was composed using sampling as musical elements, is one of its kind and while the Evolve 75 captured the essence of the album ...
Q&A – Meet Nasty Nachos, Your New Guilty Pleasure
  –  September 7, 2017
More akin to the likes of the Chemical Brothers and Jean-Michel Jarre, Nasty Nachos is one of Denver’s most exciting electronic projects. We caught up with both Anderson and Tanner before their performance at Hi-Dive with Retrofette and Pleasure Prince ...
'Thor: Ragnarok' cast introduces the newest members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  –  September 1, 2017
And instead of leaning on choral anthems, the new score will usher in a synth symphony channeling the hypnotizing sounds of Jean-Michel Jarre. The driving force behind these electric, retro-tinged changes is director Taika Waititi, best known for writing ...
Electronic Music Pioneer & CISAC President Jean-Michel Jarre: 'We're Living In A Medieval Dark Digital Age'
  –  June 19, 2017
Billboard: You recently gave a speech at a UNESCO conference ... Why do you want to see the market rules, specifically around user generated platforms like YouTube, changed? Jean-Michel Jarre: We are facing a surreal situation where the creative ...


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