History Music / JeanMichelJarre

15th Mar '17 10:55:32 AM MidnightMan
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[[caption-width-right:350:Jean-Michel Jarre, October 1981, live in China]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Jean-Michel Jarre, October 1981, live in China]]China. Yes, he gigged with a Fairlight.]]



* Images – The Best of Jean-Michel Jarre (1991)

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* [[GreatestHitsAlbum Images – The Best of Jean-Michel Jarre Jarre]] (1991)



* Essentials & Rarities (2011)

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* [[GreatestHitsAlbum Essentials & Rarities Rarities]] (2011)



* EpicRocking: Jarre recorded many oversized pieces of music in his career, some of them being longer than 10 minutes (and epic, all right). "Waiting for Cousteau" takes the cake, though: 46:53 (albeit with no apparent rhythm or composed melody). Originally, it was even longer than one hour, but it had to be shortened.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: ''Magnetic Fields'' and ''Zoolook'', the albums made in the early days of sampling. And Jarre used to be a member of Pierre Schaeffer's Groupe de Recherches Musicales which influenced his earliest works. And let's not forget the Nikon camera shutter and motor winder of "Souvenir of China".

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* EpicRocking: Jarre recorded many oversized pieces of music in his career, some of them being longer than 10 minutes (and epic, all right). right).
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"Waiting for Cousteau" takes the cake, though: 46:53 (albeit with no apparent rhythm or composed melody). Originally, it was even longer than one hour, but it had to be shortened.
** "Equinoxe 4" isn't exactly short in its regular album version at almost seven minutes. But there's also a maxi version, only ever released on a translucent blue 12" single, with an additional percussion part that extends it to beyond nine minutes. The percussion part can also be heard in the official music video.
* EverythingIsAnInstrument: ''Magnetic Fields'' and ''Zoolook'', the albums made in the early days of sampling. And Jarre used to be a member of Pierre Schaeffer's Groupe de Recherches Musicales which influenced his earliest works. And let's not forget the Nikon camera shutter and motor winder of Charlotte Rampling's Nikon camera in "Souvenir of China".



** "Oxygène 4" had parts of it replaced with a kind of bridge following the same chords from 1990 on.

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** "Oxygène 4" had parts of it replaced with a kind of bridge following the same chords from the 1990 ''Paris La Défense'' concert on.



** "Equinoxe 7" has been cut off before the long ambient ending ever since 1986. From 1995 to the mid-2000s, another chunk was cut out (it came back with reinforcement a few years ago), and a filter modulation was added to the bass.
** The first half of "Equinoxe 8", also known as "Band In The Rain", has been played on a barrel organ ever since 1993.
** "Magnetic Fields 2", for example, got a long solo section in 1981, a modified melody in 1988, and an additional bridge in 1990 (the latter two changes were reverted in 2009 for the ''In>Doors'' tour).

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** "Equinoxe 7" has been cut off before the long ambient ending ever since 1986. 1986 (''Rendez-vous Houston''). From 1995 (''Concert pour la tolérance'') to the mid-2000s, another chunk was cut out (it came back with reinforcement a few years ago), and a filter modulation was added to the bass.
** The first half of "Equinoxe 8", also known as "Band In The Rain", has been played on a barrel organ on stage ever since 1993.
1993 (''Europe In Concert'').
** "Magnetic Fields 2", for example, got a long solo section a few weeks after its initial release in 1981, 1981 (''The Concerts In China''), a modified melody in 1988, 1988 (''Destination Docklands''), and an additional bridge in 1990 (the (''Paris La Défense''); the latter two changes were reverted in 2009 for the ''In>Doors'' tour).tour.



** Averted with the third section of "Magnetic Fields 1", which begins abruptly in the middle of a sound effect.

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** Averted [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the third section of "Magnetic Fields 1", which begins abruptly in the middle of a sound effect.sample of a passing jet plane.



* Franks2000InchTV: In the 1980s and 1990s, Jarre played huge outdoor concerts in front of huge buildings such as the skyscraper skylines of Houston, TX, and La Défense (Paris), the Moscow State University (the biggest building in Moscow), or the Pyramids of Gizeh. Most of the buildings served as gigantic projection screens.

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* Franks2000InchTV: Does this man ever exaggerate this trope.
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In the 1980s and 1990s, Jarre played huge outdoor concerts in front of huge buildings such as the skyscraper skylines of Houston, TX, and La Défense (Paris), the Moscow State University (the biggest building in Moscow), or the Pyramids of Gizeh. Most of the buildings served as gigantic projection screens.screens of sometimes ''way'' more than 2000 inches.



** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] during the 2009 ''[=In><Doors=]'' tour: Jarre had RGB LED spotlights programmed so that they acted as small circular screens displaying the "Le trac" binoculars guy from the ''Equinoxe'' cover. These things are smaller than a [[TheFifties 1950s]] black & white TV.

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** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] during the 2009 ''[=In><Doors=]'' ''[=In>Doors=]'' tour: Jarre had RGB LED spotlights programmed so that they acted as small circular screens displaying the "Le trac" binoculars guy from the ''Equinoxe'' cover. These things are smaller than a [[TheFifties 1950s]] black & white TV.



** Jarre actually made ''two'' songs for the '98 World Cup: "Rendez-vous '98" together with Apollo 440 for the United Kingdom and "Together Now" together with Tetsuya "TK" Komuro for Japan.

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** Jarre actually made ''two'' songs for the '98 World Cup: "Rendez-vous '98" together with Apollo 440 for the United Kingdom and "Together Now" together with Tetsuya "TK" Komuro for Japan.Japan, both also for France, World Cup host and his homeland.



* InNameOnly: As far as the actual music is concerned, the ''Hong Kong'' live album contains exactly nothing from the corresponding concert. "Souvenir Of China" and "Fishing Junks At Sunset" (or what remained of it after the remastering and reduction to one CD) are from the rehearsals, the whole rest has been pieced together from the ''Europe In Concert'' tour.

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* InNameOnly: As far as the actual music is concerned, the ''Hong Kong'' live album contains exactly nothing from the corresponding eponymous concert. "Souvenir Of China" and "Fishing Junks At Sunset" (or what remained of it after the remastering and reduction to one CD) are from the rehearsals, the whole rest has been pieced together from the ''Europe In Concert'' tour.tour including Barcelona which got its own VHS release. This led to certain pieces supposedly sounding exactly the same when played in Barcelona 1993 and then in Hongkong 1994.



* {{Instrumentals}}: By far most of Jarre's music.

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* {{Instrumentals}}: By far most of Jarre's music. Also, the reason why Jarre's music was allowed to be sold and then played live in China 1981: It had no potentially dangerous lyrics.



** ''Hong Kong'' used to be a double album containing "Fishing Junks At Sunset" from the dress rehearsal of the 1994 Hong Kong concert and otherwise ''Europe In Concert'' tour footage. When it was remastered, it was shortened to only one CD, and "Fishing Junks At Sunset" lost its first half.

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** ''Hong Kong'' used to be a double album containing "Souvenir Of China" and "Fishing Junks At Sunset" from the dress rehearsal of the 1994 Hong Kong concert and otherwise ''Europe In Concert'' tour footage. When it was remastered, it was shortened to only one CD, and "Fishing Junks At Sunset" lost its first half.



* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: The China concerts 1981. The people in the post-Mao People's Republic of China didn't know any contemporary Western music, let alone electronic music, until shortly before, and they had never attended concerts with electronically amplified and thus considerably loud music. Nevertheless, they went absolutely wild.

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* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: The China concerts 1981. The people in the post-Mao People's Republic of China didn't know any contemporary Western music, let alone electronic music, until shortly before, the British Embassy imported ''Oxygène'' and ''Equinoxe'', and they had never attended concerts with electronically amplified and thus considerably loud music. Nevertheless, they went absolutely wild.



* MyNaymeIs: Jarre dropped the dash that would usually belong between his forenames. It's "Jean Michel" instead of "Jean-Michel".

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* MyNaymeIs: Jarre dropped the dash that would usually belong between his forenames. It's "Jean Michel" instead of "Jean-Michel". As of ''Electronica'', it's back.



* TheNotRemix: ''Aero'' mostly contains a mixture of original studio footage and newly recorded elements mixed in 5.1 surround sound. But they're not declared "remixes"—in contrast to late [[TheNineties 1990s']] habits when fans found themselves speaking of electronic cover versions of Jarre's music as remixes due to a flood of actual remixes.

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** ''Oxygène 3'' is a very good example. Whereas Jarre had tried to give ''Oxygène 7-13'' a sound close to ''Oxygène'''s, he tried something completely different with ''Oxygène 3'' which shares with ''Oxygène'' only the way how it was made in only six weeks with limited possibilities.
* TheNotRemix: TheNotRemix:
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''Aero'' mostly contains a mixture of original studio footage and newly recorded elements mixed in 5.1 surround sound. But they're not declared "remixes"—in contrast to late [[TheNineties 1990s']] habits when fans found themselves speaking of electronic cover versions of Jarre's music as remixes due to a flood of actual remixes.



** Better yet: ''Oxygène 7-13'' was officially renamed ''Oxygène 2'' when ''Oxygène 3'' came out.

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** Better yet: ''Oxygène 7-13'' was officially renamed ''Oxygène 2'' for the ''Oxygène'' three-album box when ''Oxygène 3'' came out.



* OminousPipeOrgan: The end of "Digisequencer".

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* OminousPipeOrgan: OminousPipeOrgan:
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The end of "Digisequencer".
15th Mar '17 10:10:09 AM MidnightMan
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[[caption-width-right:350:Jean-Michel Jarre, circa 1981]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Jean-Michel Jarre, circa 1981]]October 1981, live in China]]



* The Concerts In China/Les Concerts En Chine (1982)

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* [[LiveAlbum The Concerts In China/Les Concerts En Chine Chine]] (1982)



* In Concert Houston-Lyon/Cities In Concert (1987)

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* [[LiveAlbum In Concert Houston-Lyon/Cities In Concert Concert]] (1987)



* Jarre Live/Destination Docklands (1989)

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* [[LiveAlbum Jarre Live/Destination Docklands Docklands]] (1989)



* Hong Kong (1994)

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* [[LiveAlbum Hong Kong Kong]] (1994)



* GriefSong[=/=]InMemoriam: "Ron's Piece" turned into one for Ron [=McNair=] after the ''Challenger'' disaster. Ron should have played the saxophone part both for the album ''Rendez-vous'' and at the concert ''Rendez-vous Houston'' while in space.

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* GriefSong[=/=]InMemoriam: GriefSong[=/=]InMemoriam:
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"Ron's Piece" turned into one for Ron [=McNair=] after the ''Challenger'' disaster. Ron should have played the saxophone part both for the album ''Rendez-vous'' and at the concert ''Rendez-vous Houston'' while in space.



* ListSong: "Millions of Stars", both versions (musical chords and celestial bodies, respectively), and "Revolutions"/"Revolution, Revolutions".

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* ListSong: LiveAlbum:
** ''The Concerts In China'' (1982), covering the 1981 China concerts. The most "live" of them all (except for "Souvenir Of China" which Jarre recorded in his studio in 1982).
** ''In Concert Houston-Lyon'' (1987), covering the 1986 mega-shows ''Rendez-vous Houston'' and ''Rendez-vous Lyon'' on a single album. Needless to say it's far from complete, and only two pieces aren't shortened.
*** ''Cities In Concert'' was originally the version from the LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition album box ''The Laser Years''; it has the same tracklist, but the tracks themselves are full length. It has taken the place of ''In Concert'' as the regular release in 1997 when Jarre had his albums remastered.
** ''Jarre Live'', later renamed ''Destination Docklands'', covering the rainy, windy ''Destination Docklands'' concerts in London 1988. It's still heavily cut today.
** ''Hong Kong'' used to be a double album containing "Fishing Junks At Sunset" from the dress rehearsal of the 1994 Hong Kong concert and otherwise ''Europe In Concert'' tour footage. When it was remastered, it was shortened to only one CD, and "Fishing Junks At Sunset" lost its first half.
** The DVD set ''Jarre In China'' also contains a CD with a selection of the music from the show.
** Otherwise, look out for [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes bootlegs]].
* ListSong:
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"Millions of Stars", both versions (musical chords and celestial bodies, respectively), and "Revolutions"/"Revolution, Revolutions".
6th Jan '17 1:05:17 PM Exxolon
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->''"Music is the human treatment of sounds."''
3rd Jan '17 9:27:44 PM Scifimaster92
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[[caption-width-right:350:Jean-Michel Jarre, circa 1981]]
19th Dec '16 9:25:38 PM Xtifr
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'''Jean-Michel Jarre''' is a French electronic musician and multimedia performer, recognized as one of the most important pioneers in modern electronic music. He was born in Lyons in 1948 as the son of the film score composer Maurice Jarre (''Film/DoctorZhivago'') and a former [[LaResistance Résistance]] member.

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'''Jean-Michel Jarre''' Jean-Michel Jarre is a French electronic musician and multimedia performer, recognized as one of the most important pioneers in modern electronic music. He was born in Lyons in 1948 as the son of the film score composer Maurice Jarre (''Film/DoctorZhivago'') and a former [[LaResistance Résistance]] member.
11th Dec '16 2:20:52 PM MidnightMan
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* BizarreInstrument: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in a sense by many instruments designed for Jarre. The Laser Harp is a perfect example--even today, many people don't believe it is actually playable.

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* BizarreInstrument: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in a sense by many instruments designed for Jarre.Jarre because they were actually functional. The Laser Harp is a perfect example--even today, many people don't believe it is actually playable.



** The teensy-tiny (and of course playable) laser harp that Jarre had in his 2011 live rig (along with the usual big one) was kind of strange even for Jarre, though.



** The most bizarre piece of equipment for normal standards ever put on a Jarre stage has to be the Meuble a.k.a. Grand Central created by French guitar (and then also keytar) builder Lag for ''Destination Docklands''. It wasn't just a prop, though. It had three playable keybeds (plus the foil keyboard on one of the two integrated EMS Synthi AKS), it contained a Roland D-550 (the then-recent album ''Revolutions'' contained more D-50 and its expander version D-550 than everything else combined), a Fairlight CMI and a Dynacord ADD-One drum module, and it housed an Atari 520 ST which was at least used for sheet music (Notator), if not even for MIDI sequencing (Cubase).
** So keytars were nothing out of the ordinary by the late [[TheEighties 80s]]. What did Jarre do? He had three completely custom ones built, one looking like an insect, two semi-circular ones. Again, not just show props, but actually with technical features that production keytars tend to lack such as polyphonic aftertouch.
** For Jarre's standards, a [[OrganGrinder barrel organ]] would be bizarre all right. Came the 1993 ''Europe In Concert'' tour...



* CompilationReRelease: Done several times already, not only with single pieces of music (most notably on the ''Essentials & Rarities'' compilation), but also with whole albums.
** ''The Laser Years'' was a box of all Jarre albums released to that point, but it also exclusively (until more than ten years later) contained ''Cities In Concert'' which is the same as ''In Concert Houston-Lyon'', but with all music uncut.
** When ''Oxygène 7-13'' was released, it also came out as a limited-edition double album titled ''The Complete Oxygène'' containing both ''Oxygène''s and the new one with a remix of ''Oxygène 12'' as a bonus track.
** When ''Oxygène 3'' came out, a box with all three ''Oxygène''s (''Oxygène 7-13'' renamed ''Oxygène 2'' with its cover matched to the other two albums) was released to celebrate ''Oxygène'''s 40th anniversary (and to make it easier for new Jarre fans to start collecting his albums because the box is cheaper than the three single albums). It does not, however, contain ''Oxygène – New Master Recording'' or the video ''Oxygène – Live In Your Living-Room''.



* CutSong: "Moon Machine" was intended to be part of ''Rendez-vous'' but never released before the ''Images'' compilation five years later. Also, the many songs left out of most of Jarre's official live albums and videos.



* FanCommunityNickname: In French, Jarre fans call themselves and each other "Jarriens".
* FanRemake: Some Jarre fans who play synths themselves sometimes record cover versions of Jarre's music, challenging themselves to remake the original studio (or live album) sound as closely as they can down to tiniest details. These versions are referred to as "replica covers".



** Even when playing indoors, Jarre uses video projections on certain pieces of music.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] during the 2009 ''[=In><Doors=]'' tour: Jarre had RGB LED spotlights programmed so that they acted as small circular screens displaying the "Le trac" binoculars guy from the ''Equinoxe'' cover. These things are smaller than a [[TheFifties 1950s]] black & white TV.
** His latest show gimmick as of the 2016 ''Electronica'' tour, replacing projections altogether, are movable curtains of RGB [=LEDs=] both behind and in front of the stage.



** The first track of ''Zoolook'' has the word "tit" sung repeatedly. Since Jarre is fluent in English, this was probably deliberate.

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** The first track of ''Zoolook'' has lead voice in "Ethnicolor" sounds like the word "tit" sung repeatedly. Since "tit". It's actually a factory sample that came with the Fairlight CMI and rather sounds like "tsut" and that Jarre is fluent in English, this was probably deliberate.only changed from one-shot to looped, but still.



* GriefSong[=/=]InMemoriam: "Ron's Piece" turned into one for Ron [=McNair=] after the ''Challenger'' disaster.

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* GriefSong[=/=]InMemoriam: "Ron's Piece" turned into one for Ron [=McNair=] after the ''Challenger'' disaster. Ron should have played the saxophone part both for the album ''Rendez-vous'' and at the concert ''Rendez-vous Houston'' while in space.



** Better yet: ''Oxygène 7-13'' was officially renamed ''Oxygène 2'' when ''Oxygène 3'' came out.



** A Chinese orchestra ("Fishing Junks At Sunset")

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** A Chinese orchestra ("Fishing Junks At Sunset")Sunset", although this one is in fact a Chinese composition spiced up with French-made electronic sounds)



* RepurposedPopSong: Jarre's music has been used as themes of several TV shows, and parts of the album ''Oxygène'' went into the soundtrack of ''Film/{{Gallipoli}}''.

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* RepurposedPopSong: Jarre's music has been used as themes of several TV shows, and parts of the album ''Oxygène'' went into the soundtrack of ''Film/{{Gallipoli}}''.''Film/{{Gallipoli}}'', and "Arpegiator" (from ''The Concerts In China'') is the background music of the hottest sex scene in ''Film/NineAndAHalfWeeks''.



* {{Retraux}}: ''Oxygène 7-13'', the 2007 ''Oxygène'' remake, and to a certain degree ''Chronologie''.

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* {{Retraux}}: ''Oxygène 7-13'', the 2007 ''Oxygène'' remake, and to a certain degree ''Chronologie''. [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with ''Oxygène 3'' which is what ''Oxygène'' might be if it had been made exactly 40 years later.



* SceneryGorn: ''Destination Docklands'' was deliberately staged at London's Queen Victoria Docks when half of the buildings on location were ruins (some of them were painted white one last time to be used as [[Franks2000InchTV projection screens]]) and half were already demolished piles of rubble. Add to that London's dreadful autumn weather. See also SceneryPorn below.



* SignatureStyle: Defined by ''Oxygène'' and ''Equinoxe''. Some expect Jarre to always sound like this.

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* SignatureStyle: Defined by ''Oxygène'' and ''Equinoxe''. Some expect Jarre to always sound like this.this which often leads to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks disappointment]] once they listen to any one of his other albums.



* TechnologyPorn: The 2008 ''Oxygène Tour'' seemed to focus on gear. Loads of vintage gear. He even used special rectangular spotlights to illuminate synthesizers individually or in groups for a while. Tour merch included T-shirts with synth close-up images. The two following tours toned this down only slightly without reducing the quantity of instruments involved.

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* TakeThat: A humorous case happened at the 2016 ''Electronica'' tour. In response to people taking photographs or even filming his concerts (which Jarre encourages) with their smartphones, Jarre let the "Le trac" binoculars guys return on the LED curtains right after "Equinoxe 4", now holding smartphones.
* TechnologyPorn: The 2008 ''Oxygène Tour'' seemed to focus on gear. Loads of vintage gear. gear that would make any synth nerd drool, that you might only ever see live at a Jarre concert. He even used special rectangular spotlights to illuminate synthesizers individually or in groups for a while. while, sometimes also a movable mirror above the stage so all his gear could be seen. Tour merch included T-shirts with synth close-up images.images of EMS synths. The two following tours toned this down only slightly without reducing the quantity of instruments involved.



** Many of Jarre's albums include lists of the gear used to record them. ''Rendez-vous'' goes as far as listing who of the musicians involved used what on which track.

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** Many of Jarre's albums include lists of the gear used to record them. ''Rendez-vous'' goes as far as listing who of the musicians involved used what on which track. To be fair, for synth nerds, this ''is'' porn all right, considering what Jarre had in his studio.
9th Dec '16 8:59:47 AM iflewaway
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* NumberedSequels: ''Oxygène 7-13'', the sequel to the six-track ''Oxygène''.

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* NumberedSequels: ''Oxygène 7-13'', 7-13'' and ''Oxygène 3'', the sequel sequels to the six-track ''Oxygène''.
30th Nov '16 6:48:49 PM Scifimaster92
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* Electronica 1 - The Time Machine (2015)
* Electronica 2 - The Heart of Noise (2016)
* Oxygène 3 (2016)
8th Aug '16 10:32:23 AM NWolfman
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Jean-Michel Jarre is a French electronic musician and multimedia performer. He was born in Lyons in 1948 as the son of the film score composer Maurice Jarre (''Film/DoctorZhivago'') and a former [[LaResistance Résistance]] member.

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Jean-Michel Jarre '''Jean-Michel Jarre''' is a French electronic musician and multimedia performer.performer, recognized as one of the most important pioneers in modern electronic music. He was born in Lyons in 1948 as the son of the film score composer Maurice Jarre (''Film/DoctorZhivago'') and a former [[LaResistance Résistance]] member.
4th Jun '16 8:57:09 PM gewunomox
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** The most common live change in the 1980s and 1990s were drums played live, and they were played differently at each concert or tour since the drummer didn't always follow the original drum machine beats. The most extreme changes were probably applied at the ''Twelve Dreams Of The Sun'', not only because the music had to fit a mostly Egyptian audience, but also because this was the only time that Gary Wallis played the drums for Jarre, and he gave them a not-quite-slight ThePolice touch. Most concerts of those times also had a bass guitar player.

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** The most common live change in the 1980s and 1990s were drums played live, and they were played differently at each concert or tour since the drummer didn't always follow the original drum machine beats. The most extreme changes were probably applied at the ''Twelve Dreams Of The Sun'', not only because the music had to fit a mostly Egyptian audience, but also because this was the only time that Gary Wallis played the drums for Jarre, and he gave them a not-quite-slight ThePolice Music/ThePolice touch. Most concerts of those times also had a bass guitar player.
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