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 Posted:   Nov 21, 2003 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Time to do another one of these.

As I've said countless times before, Jarre was the one who introduced me to PURE instrumental music which I actually liked (unlike my father's classical music, which I had a harder time getting into at this particular time). I don't remember exactly when and how, but it must have been the late 80's.

To date, I have all his albums and live albums (again with the completist urge!)...even a bunch of bootlegs, plus the only DVD that has been released (the Moscow concert). My favourite album? Tough. I think I would actually list a LIVE album, "Live in Houston/Lyon", which includes great renditions of his best compositions.


 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2003 - 2:53 PM   
 By:   MWRuger   (Member)

I have a lot of his earlier stuff. I really had a hard time with Zoolook. But his music introduced me to New Age music which I had generally assumed meant sitars and crystals.

I was fortunate enough to attend the Houston Concert and it was fabulous with incredible music and pyrotechnics. I understand that he wanted to do another concert but he got himself in trouble with the Fire Marshall’s office. Apparently, he didn’t inform them that he intended to set off fireworks between some of the tall downtown buildings. Very dangerous.

I prefer his music to Kitaro, who is also very good. Vangelis, who I also like in this vein,
can be inconsistent so I still rate JMJ higher.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2003 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I think Zoolook is a grower, it took some time but it's one of my favourites.

Oxogene was a massive hit here in the UK but it was Equinox that got me into Jarre, an album that stands up even in todays high tech age.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 21, 2003 - 10:04 PM   
 By:   El Cid   (Member)

What's the state of synth music (I mean music that *sounds* like synth music, not convincing synth orchestral fakery) these days? Is it dead?

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2003 - 9:37 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

No, El Cid, electronic music is more vibrant than ever through the wide label "electronica" (which seems to encompass everything from ambient to house to trance to jungle to dance etc.). Furthermore, "real" synths are in many pop productions these days, and quite profoundly too (remember Madonna's "Ray of Light" album from a few years back, just to mention one).

mwruger, I'm really envious about you attending the Houston concert. I presume you have the album as well? Was it really as chaotic as the news excerpts made it out to be (the traffic and all...an announcer says "and everyone on the freeway just stopped...")?

And yes, Timmer, while "Oxygene" was the album to pave the ground, I also think "Equinoxe" might be considered his magnum opus.

I also recommend people to check out Jarre's latest two albums - "Sessions 2000" and "Geometry of Love"....very UNTYPICAL Jarre with elements of jazz and experimental ambient.

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2003 - 3:09 PM   
 By:   MWRuger   (Member)

Yeah, it was a real mess. There had never been an event like that before so nobody was really sure how to handle it. It took about three hours for the freeway to clear.

Well worth it though!

 
 Posted:   Nov 24, 2003 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   MWRuger   (Member)

Double Post. Sorry!

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 25, 2003 - 1:20 PM   
 By:   FalkirkBairn   (Member)

I am always looking out for what Jarre is doing. But for me, his earlier stuff is much more enjoyable to listen to - his more recent stuff such as Geometry of Love, Sessions 2000 & Metamorphoses are not the style I enjoy. And his score to the movie Les Granges Brulées? I thought that Jarre and film music would make an interesting mix. But no.

His discs such as Oxygene and Equinoxe were what got me hooked on his music. And this liking was reinforced by CDs such as Magnetic Fields and Rendezvous. And his Concerts In China is excellent.

Zoolook was my first serious test with Jarre's work and there's definitely a mix of good tracks bad tracks. And the 45-minute long track on Waiting For Cousteau is something to get lost in.

More recently, I have not enjoyed the style of music he releases but more recent CDs such as Chronologie and Revolutions shows that he can still produce good music.

Favourite Jarre CD? Although most of his CDs contain at least 2-3 good tracks, Equinoxe is my fav.

Oh, and by the way, I always thought that Jean Michael Jarre was far better than Vangelis. You were either a Jarre fan or a Vangelis fan - a bit like the SWAP SHOP/TISWAS and BLUE PETER/MAGPIE divides.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2003 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

***And his score to the movie Les Granges Brulées? I thought that Jarre and film music would make an interesting mix. But no.***

Well, he has actually composed a few more scores in addition to that one, such as "Qui Veut Devenir Une Star" and the odd computer game. If you have the RARITIES boot that includes the GRANGES score (before the latter was recently released commercially), you'll also find a number of versions of his song "Zig-Zag", an annoying piece of sing-song hooplah that he did with Foggy Joe. Could be without that one. But that disc also includes something called "Deserted Palace". Whether that is a score or a pre-"Oxygene" album, I don't know. But it's very good despite the inevitable electronic "naïvité".

***And the 45-minute long track on Waiting For Cousteau is something to get lost in.***

Well, yes, but in a positive sense too. I was actually inspired to write a dream-like and absurd short-story from listening to this piece (in which the music worked as a kind of immediate, stream-of-consciousness-like soundtrack Muse).

***Oh, and by the way, I always thought that Jean Michael Jarre was far better than Vangelis. You were either a Jarre fan or a Vangelis fan***

Well, I like Vangelis as well, although he's far more textural ("Waiting for Cousteau" notwithstanding) than Jarre. Vangelis is not as "edgy" as Jarre, on the other hand.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 29, 2003 - 2:06 PM   
 By:   FalkirkBairn   (Member)

Well, he has actually composed a few more scores in addition to that one...

...Well, yes, but in a positive sense too. I was actually inspired to write a dream-like and absurd short-story from listening to this piece (in which the music worked as a kind of immediate, stream-of-consciousness-like soundtrack Muse).


Thanks for the info regarding Jarre's other movie scores.

Waiting for Cousteau...I mean't it in a positive sense!

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 27, 2005 - 9:06 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yeah, I'm listening to "Metamorphoses" right now, the last truly MELODIC studio album that he did back in 2000 before the more experimental and ambient "Sessions 2000" and "Geometry of Love". A couple of cheesy songs that aren't very appealing ("Tout est Bleu", for example), but overall this is smooth stuff. Love the inclusion of more ACOUSTIC elements, such as the string section and the vocals.

 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2005 - 2:28 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

I recently won a 2DVD+CD called Jarre In China. It's quite good, the storming single track AERO shows that he still can make catchy synth-pop like no one else. On the other hand, I'm quite fed up with listening to the same old live classics over and over again, like Rendez Vous and that stuff...

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 28, 2005 - 4:39 PM   
 By:   MikeP   (Member)

What's the state of synth music (I mean music that *sounds* like synth music, not convincing synth orchestral fakery) these days? Is it dead?




Ok, here's the lone vote for Tangerine Dream - for me, once and always the leaders in electronic music smile


Although as far as Jarre is concerned, I do like Magnetic Fields.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 29, 2005 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Damian   (Member)

I'd rather listen to his ol'man.

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2005 - 1:34 PM   
 By:   Alexander Zambra   (Member)

Was a big fan till Rendez-vous; after that kind of fell in a rut. "Cousteau" was a bore.
The latest "Sessions 2000" and the other "Metamorphoses" were bad IMO.
I was watching the show in 1983 from the roof of St. Joseph Hospital in Houston and this was truly a spectacle; created a mess but what a show.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2005 - 3:10 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

The latest "Sessions 2000" and the other "Metamorphoses" were bad IMO.

Actually, his latest studio album is "Geometry of Love", not "Sessions 2000". You're free to think that they're bad, of course, but I respectfully disagree. I think "Sessions" and "Geometry", in particular, show Jarre's willingness to renew himself to modern times, while keeping his idiosyncratic sound.

NP: ROBIN HOOD - PRINCE OF THIEVES (Kamen)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2005 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I recently won a 2DVD+CD called Jarre In China. It's quite good, the storming single track AERO shows that he still can make catchy synth-pop like no one else. On the other hand, I'm quite fed up with listening to the same old live classics over and over again, like Rendez Vous and that stuff...

I'm trying to win the CHINA DVD on ebay, but so far it's been out of my price league. On the other hand, I do own various version of "Aero", and my favourite is probably from the Danish concert (Aalborg) last year (or was it earlier this year?)...with Safri Duo performing on various percussion instruments. There are also the studio versions of the various "Aero" tracks on the recent remix/compilation album named just "Aero". This brilliant album also includes some WONDERFUL remixes of the classic songs. Like you, I've grown tired of the most famous tunes, but in this attire they sound absolutely spectacular...a new "freshness" and slighly updated beat while retaining the basic elements of the original composition (instrumentation and such). Of all the Jarre remix albums out there, it figures that the composer himself knows how to do it best!

NP: ROBIN HOOD - PRINCE OF THIEVES (Kamen)

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2005 - 9:01 PM   
 By:   ahem   (Member)

No, El Cid, electronic music is more vibrant than ever through the wide label "electronica" (which seems to encompass everything from ambient to house to trance to jungle to dance etc.). Furthermore, "real" synths are in many pop productions these days, and quite profoundly too (remember Madonna's "Ray of Light" album from a few years back, just to mention one).

I dunno, most of the "new" synth stuff that comes out today I find was all done 20-30 years ago. You cite Madonna's Ray of Light, which literally and shamelessly recycled William Orbit's 1984-1996 ambient back catalogue as backing tracks, and even those original tunes were no more than 70s Brian Eno pastiches to start off with!

Electronica and pop is SO dead IMO. I don't know how you inject a new spin. everything now is nostalgiac send up, and has been since the early 1990s. There are all of these computer literate protools junkies with God knows how much hardspace and all they want to do is sound like Tony Banks on drugs circa 1974 (or JMJ for that matter)! If it's not that signposted then they've already recycled a sample of those older records to some overly self-concious, cocktail bar drum programming.

I was playing Imagination's 1981 proto-house classic BURNIN' UP the other day, and a friend of mine who'd overheard it came in and exclaimed "Wow- sounds like Goldfrapp have really embraced house!"

Nuff said.

 
 Posted:   Nov 1, 2005 - 2:01 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)



I'm trying to win the CHINA DVD on ebay, but so far it's been out of my price league. On the other hand, I do own various version of "Aero", and my favourite is probably from the Danish concert (Aalborg) last year (or was it earlier this year?)...with Safri Duo performing on various percussion instruments. There are also the studio versions of the various "Aero" tracks on the recent remix/compilation album named just "Aero". This brilliant album also includes some WONDERFUL remixes of the classic songs. Like you, I've grown tired of the most famous tunes, but in this attire they sound absolutely spectacular...a new "freshness" and slighly updated beat while retaining the basic elements of the original composition (instrumentation and such). Of all the Jarre remix albums out there, it figures that the composer himself knows how to do it best!

NP: ROBIN HOOD - PRINCE OF THIEVES (Kamen)



Well, I actually won the Jarre In China 2DVD+CD for free! It was in a contest in E-dition Magazine - www.e-ditionmag.com .


Cool clip about film music on your TV series yesterday, Thor! :-D I suppose you would have wanted it a bit longer though...

 
 
 Posted:   Feb 22, 2007 - 2:04 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Jean Michel Jarre's new studio album is coming out in a month or so. It's called TEO AND TEA:



You can see an animated promo video here, with what is apparently the title song:

http://www.myspace.com/teotea

Looks and sounds great, in my mind, even though it's a bit on the cheesy side.

 
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