History Music / JeanMichelJarre

6th Jan '17 1:05:17 PM Exxolon
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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.
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)
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