Jean-Michel Jarre

Jean-Michel Jarre

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Jean Michel André Jarre
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Jean-Michel Jarre (August 24, 1948, Lyon, France) is a French composer of electronic music. Son of Maurice Jarre, a composer of film music, who has written the scores to such films as Lawrence Of Arabia and Dr. Zhivago, among many others. He is well-known for staging spectacular outdoor concerts of his music, which feature laser displays and fireworks, and three of which appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for their large audiences. One of his albums, Musique pour supermarchés had a print run on only a single copy, which was auctioned to raise money for French artists. In 1986 he worked with NASA; astronaut Ronald McNair was to play the saxophone part of Jarre's piece Rendez-Vous VI while in orbit on board the Space Shuttle Challenger. It was to have been the first piece of music recorded in space, for the album Rendez-Vous. After the Challenger disaster of January 28, 1986, the piece was recorded with a different saxophonist, retitled Ron's piece and the album dedicated to the seven Challenger astronauts. He is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
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Jean-Michel Jarre Discography

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Jean Michel Jarre* Les Granges Brulées (Bande Originale Du Film) (Album) Eden Roc Canada 1973 Sell This Version
Jean Michel Jarre* Deserted Palace (Album) A Sam Fox Production US 1973 Sell This Version
Jean-Michel Jarre Oxygene (Album) Les Disques Motors France 1976 Sell This Version
Jean Michel Jarre* Equinoxe (Album) Disques Dreyfus UK 1978 Sell This Version
Jarre* Les Chants Magnétiques = Magnetic Fields (Album) Disques Dreyfus Yugoslavia 1981 Sell This Version
2220806, 2344 166 Jarre* Magnetic Fields(LP, Album) PGP RTB, Polydor, Disques Dreyfus 2220806, 2344 166 Yugoslavia 1981 Sell This Version
Jean-Michel Jarre Les Concerts En Chine (Album) Disques Dreyfus Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
FDM 18113 Jean Michel Jarre* Musique Pour Supermarché = Music For Supermarkets(LP, Album, Ltd) Disques Dreyfus FDM 18113 France 1983 Sell This Version
Jean-Michel Jarre Zoolook (Album) Disques Dreyfus France 1984 Sell This Version
Jean Michel Jarre* Rendez-Vous (Album) Disques Dreyfus Ireland 1986 Sell This Version
Jean Michel Jarre* En Concert Houston / Lyon (Album) Disques Dreyfus Greece 1987 Sell This Version
Jean-Michel Jarre Révolutions (Album) Disques Dreyfus Argentina 1988 Sell This Version
Jarre* Live (Album) Disques Dreyfus, Disques Dreyfus Portugal 1989 Sell This Version
Jean Michel Jarre* En Attendant Cousteau (Album) Disques Dreyfus Greece 1990 Sell This Version
Jean Michel Jarre* Chronologie (Album) Disques Dreyfus Venezuela 1993 Sell This Version
Jarre* Hong Kong (Album) Disques Dreyfus Canada 1994 Sell This Version
Jean-Michel Jarre Chronologie Part 6 (Slam & Gat Decor Remixes) (Album, Single) Polydor, Polydor UK 1994 Sell This Version
Jean Michel Jarre* Oxygene 7-13 (Album) Epic, Epic, Disques Dreyfus, Disques Dreyfus Japan 1997 Sell This Version
Jean Michel Jarre* Odyssey Through O₂ (Album) Disques Dreyfus Bulgaria 1998 Sell This Version
Jean-Michel Jarre Metamorphoses (Album, Single) Disques Dreyfus Germany 1999 Sell This Version
none Jean Michel Jarre* Interior Music(CD, Ltd, Promo) Bang & Olufsen none France 2001 Sell This Version
Jean Michel Jarre* Sessions 2000 (Album) Disques Dreyfus, Disques Dreyfus Poland 2002 Sell This Version
Jarre* Geometry Of Love (Album) EastWest, Aero Productions Europe 2003 Sell This Version
Jean Michel Jarre* Aero (Album) Warner Music France France 2004 Sell This Version
Jean Michel Jarre* Solidarność Live (Album) Warner Vision France, Warner Vision France Europe 2005 Sell This Version

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ColonelTirpitz

ColonelTirpitz

April 24, 2017
What can i say about Jean-Michel Jarre? Well he's a great artist that surpas many styles . But his early works are still the best don't know what happen with his music today i don't feel the same enjoyment anymore like Zoolook, Oxygene, Rendez-Vous, Chronologie, etc... Today he seem to have changed his genre to be in the paths of the so called evolution but to me he lost it at some way don't get me wrong i respect Jean-Michel Jarre as his father that has also made great music. But i don't know how i can say it only that JMJ today isn't the same anymore of what JMJ was in the past . Alot of his newer work has a feel that he's bored or became too mature "old" in making such music . Anyway he's a 'pioneer' of the electronic genre yes but surely not the grand father , he's the father thats more accurate . ( Todays electronic music has lost alot potential of what it was guess the downfall of that genre was felt in the years 2000's since every subgenre suffers alot Techno, Trance, Hardcore, Speedcore, Drum&Bass, Goa, etc....)
Nutti

Nutti

March 26, 2017
When I think of Jarre, I notice that he made his first 10 albums using analog synthesizers with the traditional mixing desk, tape recorder, effect box approach. These albums were done in the 70's, 80's and 90's, see below.

Deserted palace
Oxygene
Equinoxe

Magnetic fields
Zoolook
Rendez-vous
Revolutions

Waiting for cousteau
Chronologie
Oxygene 2

After three decades in the analog world he had to reinvent himself and the logical way was to go digital and use the DAW with digital effects and digital synthesizers occasionally complementing that with his signature analog sounds. First he made a shocking record Metamorphoses that was wholly different from the traditional Jarre sound. He perfectly captured the digital world and out-did everyone else in a single stroke - atleast in my opinion. After that he released a couple of experimental digital albums, Sessions 2000 jazz album and Geometry of Love chill-out album. Then he went electronica and wanted to prove himself there and succeeded in my opinion with Teo & Tea, Electronica 1 & 2 and finally Oxygene 3 where he mixed both the electronica and the analog. These albums were done in the 00's and 10's.

Metamorphoses
Sessions 2000
Geometry of love
Teo & tea

Electronica
Electronica 2
Oxygene 3

As I see the albums laid out this way - and having listened through all of them now - it all seems very logical for Jarre. He started analog and then went digital and tried to capture both sides of the synthesizer and the accompanying technology that is needed to produce the music. You can also see how the albums are related to the technology that came to be during each decade and how later he tried to follow the times stylistically and not get stuck to his past. I think Jarre has succeeded outstandingly and I hope he will yet release a couple more albums - perhaps during the 20's - and that would be his sixth decade as a recording artist.
TheEverlastingFather

TheEverlastingFather

July 28, 2016
How about Hawkwind and Gong, they were using electronic sounds in the early 1970's too! And let's not forget those great innovators Gary Numan and John Foxx in the late 1970's.
TheEverlastingFather

TheEverlastingFather

July 25, 2016
You are not allowed to be a "pioneer" of electronic music unless you are German, it's against the law! so Jarre simply can not be a "pioneer" as he would have broken the law, this fact puts an end to the argument for ever.
Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze and Kosmischer Laufer all abide by the law of having to be German in order to "pioneer" electronic music so they must be true "pioneers" because they are all German.
If you're French you simply can not be a "pioneer" of electronic music, it just isn't right, I mean did Jarre even study in Berlin?
He's made some brilliant albums though (for a French lawbreaker).
Tom.B

Tom.B

October 24, 2015
For me - he is Elvis Presley of the 80's.

In my childhood I remember that I was going to school and hum melodies from his tracks.

No doubt - During the 80's He was one of them who announced big changes in world music scene which happened in 90's
techno/ rave / trance / drum and bass etc.

If You don't agree You don't know the history of the electronic music.

ttooyyss

ttooyyss

February 3, 2015
Mindless debates about the "pioneers"... Please guys, stop it! Electronic music had an evolution and every person had his contribution to it MORE or LESS. Timewise and meaningwise Jarre had one of the greatest contribution to it all even if there were electronic music before unlike the Stockhausens who never made anything "musical" but ad-hoc, random-like chaotic effects what I wouldn't call music.

1976 Was a milestone: Oxygene was an incredibly important, deep, thoughtful blast and I consider it to be one of the biggest impact to the history of the music. I do remember those times very well....

Kraftwerk, T. Dream, Vangelis is a different question. They were also the few ones who paved the road. I'd vote Oxygene as one of the biggest creature of the mankind. I know what it takes to ignore it, I know the nowadays don't really accept the "truth" what is mirrored by the philosophy, the art, the music. Even if you can't accept it, even if you think other way, Oxygene comprises this "truth" about the being!!!! OK, if you deny it, say it's OK if you don't like it but please think about it: you are a great lier (for yourself on the first place). I proclaim!
e-mike

e-mike

July 5, 2014
JMJ the PIONEER of electronic music?? Come on, you guys...Why would you lie about something as beautiful as music?? There were lots of people, like Karlheinz Stockhausen and others who were creating electronic music LONG BEFORE JMJ did (at least one decade before), so PIONEER, my a*s. And please, don't you mess with Kraftwerk, because they paved the way for ALL of the dance music genres and styles we know nowadays, like hip-hop, electro, house, techno, synth-pop, trance, you name it. Can JMJ make such a claim?? Nope. Not in a million years. Besides, JMJ's music is a LOT different from Kraftwerk's, so let me ask you this: why would you even compare them?? It makes no sense at all...
Crijevo

Crijevo

April 18, 2014
Jarre is undoubtedly the pioneer, because he understands and demonstrates the power of electronics on every level. However, does that make him an "electronic" pioneer? Exploring, playing and obsessively demonstrating what electronics can do - whether by themselves or in combination with real instruments - and despite the unquestionable creative (and of course, anthology) value of albums like "Oxygene" or "Equinoxe", his music is mostly and sadly secondary.

Because, Jarre is more interested in populism - and that is why his music suffers a great deal, due to plain and simple ambition, or even more so - ego. Of course, when saying "ego", it is not necessarily a bad thing, but the kitsch aspect definitely (and sadly) does compromise most of his catalogue.
best_uk_pressing

best_uk_pressing

February 16, 2014
I agree. In reality neither Kraftwerk or Tangerine Dream are really the pioneer of electronic music.
DJoA

DJoA

April 27, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
When i was young i listened every day to the music of JMJ.

Some people say he was not the pioneer of electronic music. Listen to Kraftwerk or Tangerine Dream. I all agree, but when you listen to Oxygene or Equinoxe you can here that the quality of the music (and the use of instruments) is much higher than the other groups. If you listen to the records nowdays, the sounds are still fresh. So it must be said: JMJ is the pioneer of electronic music ;)

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