History Music / JeanMichelJarre

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.
5th May '16 2:01:00 AM aye_amber
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The people who bought ''Oxygène'' and ''Equinoxe'' have never gotten over Jarre leaving his SignatureStyle in TheEighties, moving on with the development of electronic instruments, and trying new styles. ''Zoolook'' (1984, featuring Music/LaurieAnderson, Marcus Miller, and [[KingCrimson Adrian Belew]], just to name a few guest musicians) was heavily based on vocal samples from dozens of languages, ''Revolutions'' (1988) had more Roland D-50 written over it than anything ever made by {{Enya}}, ''Waiting For Cousteau'' (1990) was [[XMeetsY Jarre meets]] [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon steel drums]].

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The people who bought ''Oxygène'' and ''Equinoxe'' have never gotten over Jarre leaving his SignatureStyle in TheEighties, moving on with the development of electronic instruments, and trying new styles. ''Zoolook'' (1984, featuring Music/LaurieAnderson, Marcus Miller, and [[KingCrimson [[Music/KingCrimson Adrian Belew]], just to name a few guest musicians) was heavily based on vocal samples from dozens of languages, ''Revolutions'' (1988) had more Roland D-50 written over it than anything ever made by {{Enya}}, ''Waiting For Cousteau'' (1990) was [[XMeetsY Jarre meets]] [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon steel drums]].
3rd Jun '15 5:47:00 PM StFan
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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 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.



A description of Jean Michel Jarre wouldn't be complete without mentioning his concerts. Jarre took both lightshows and audience sizes UpToEleven. His 1979 premiere concert with only him and some electronic instruments on a stage on the Place de la Concorde in Paris already gave him an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest concert audience ever—one million. What they saw wasn't just a synth nerd in a keyboard castle but a show of lights and projections of previously unseen dimensions. In 1981, the British Embassy in the People's Republic of China got him to play five indoor concerts in Beijing and Shanghai as the first pop musician ever. Jarre's next live show in Houston, Texas, in 1986 was blown out of any proportions imaginable when he used just about all of downtown Houston's skyline as the backdrop (as in he had lights, laser projections, still images, and even movies shot onto the facades of several-100-feet-tall skyscrapers with skytrackers on their roofs and gigantic fireworks even above these) for a concert with which he beat his own record (more than 1.5 million spectators). He played a similar outdoor concert for Pope John Paul II in his hometown Lyons half a year later, he gave a show on a stage floating on the River Thames inmidst the ruins of the Queen Victoria Docks in London in 1988 during a phase of downright extremely bad weather, and he improved his own record a second time on a pyramid-shaped stage in front of Paris' brand-spanking-new skyscraper quarter La Défense in 1990 (for some 2.5 million people).

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A description of Jean Michel Jean-Michel Jarre wouldn't be complete without mentioning his concerts. Jarre took both lightshows and audience sizes UpToEleven. His 1979 premiere concert with only him and some electronic instruments on a stage on the Place de la Concorde in Paris already gave him an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest concert audience ever—one million. What they saw wasn't just a synth nerd in a keyboard castle but a show of lights and projections of previously unseen dimensions. In 1981, the British Embassy in the People's Republic of China got him to play five indoor concerts in Beijing and Shanghai as the first pop musician ever. Jarre's next live show in Houston, Texas, in 1986 was blown out of any proportions imaginable when he used just about all of downtown Houston's skyline as the backdrop (as in he had lights, laser projections, still images, and even movies shot onto the facades of several-100-feet-tall skyscrapers with skytrackers on their roofs and gigantic fireworks even above these) for a concert with which he beat his own record (more than 1.5 million spectators). He played a similar outdoor concert for Pope John Paul II in his hometown Lyons half a year later, he gave a show on a stage floating on the River Thames inmidst the ruins of the Queen Victoria Docks in London in 1988 during a phase of downright extremely bad weather, and he improved his own record a second time on a pyramid-shaped stage in front of Paris' brand-spanking-new skyscraper quarter La Défense in 1990 (for some 2.5 million people).



* Images – The Best Of Jean Michel Jarre (1991)

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* Images – The Best Of Jean Michel of Jean-Michel Jarre (1991)
21st May '15 2:30:18 PM Morgenthaler
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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 ''{{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 ''{{Gallipoli}}''.''Film/{{Gallipoli}}''.
13th Apr '15 7:53:31 AM MidnightMan
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Jarre's concert videos have some interesting instances.
** ''Paris La Défense'': Charlotte Rampling (yes, the famous British actress and Jarre's then-wife), on stage for taking concert photographs, glances at the camera while holding hers. As if an actress didn't know better.
** ''Destination Docklands'' is even better: The show took place during heavy rain. A live camera is pulled down and has its lens wiped dry. This was intentionally made part of the final cut of the video.
6th Apr '15 1:53:35 PM mlsmithca
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* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: "Hey Gagarin" with vocoded vocals from Jarre himself. Unlike the correct Russian pronunciation, Jarre puts the emphasis in "Gagarin" on the last syllable. Justified in that the whole song is [[strike:sung]] vocoded with a strong French accent, and in French, it's always the last syllable that's emphasized, and this happens to other words in it as well.

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* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: "Hey Gagarin" with vocoded vocals from Jarre himself. Unlike the correct Russian pronunciation, Jarre puts the emphasis in "Gagarin" on the last syllable. Justified in that the whole song is [[strike:sung]] vocoded with a strong French accent, and in French, it's always the last syllable that's emphasized, and this happens to other words in it as well.



* 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. The Laser Harp is a perfect example—even example--even today, many people don't believe it is actually playable.
5th Feb '15 8:12:51 AM Quag15
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* ElectronicMusic: Some call him the Godfather of ElectronicMusic. In a more balanced way, he's among the small group of great pioneers such as Music/{{Kraftwerk}}, Music/YellowMagicOrchestra, Tangerine Dream or Music/GiorgioMoroder.

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* ElectronicMusic: Some call him the Godfather of ElectronicMusic. In a more balanced way, he's among the small group of great pioneers of the 70's such as Music/{{Kraftwerk}}, Music/YellowMagicOrchestra, Tangerine Dream or Music/GiorgioMoroder.
5th Feb '15 8:12:32 AM Quag15
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* ElectronicMusic: Some call him the Godfather of ElectronicMusic.

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* ElectronicMusic: Some call him the Godfather of ElectronicMusic. In a more balanced way, he's among the small group of great pioneers such as Music/{{Kraftwerk}}, Music/YellowMagicOrchestra, Tangerine Dream or Music/GiorgioMoroder.
16th Jan '15 6:59:44 PM Mhoram
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** Jarre was covered a ''lot'' in the {{Commodore64}} music scene, probably moreso than any other artist.

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** Jarre was covered a ''lot'' in the {{Commodore64}} UsefulNotes/{{Commodore64}} music scene, probably moreso than any other artist.
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