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[[caption-width-right:350:Jean-Michel Jarre, October 1981, live in China. Yes, he gigged with a Fairlight.]]
->''"Music is the human treatment of sounds."''

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.

His musical career began in [[TheSixties the late 1960s]] with two bands, one of which covered the Shadows and the Spotnicks with Jarre as as Strat-toting Hank Marvin stand-in and appeared in a nowadays obscure French movie. His first release was the single ''La Cage'' in 1971 which is so rare that it has grown more expensive than many synthesizers. It was followed by the not less rare album ''Deserted Palace'' (1972) and the movie soundtrack ''Les Granges Brûlées'' (1973). Over [[TheSeventies the 70s]], Jarre did a couple of jobs in the music industry including TV and advertising music and composing the music and/or writing the lyrics (!) of French chansons/pop songs, partly in the wake of the disco era.

These jobs seem to have paid him enough to gather together a decent home studio—in a time when there were practically no home studios at all as opposed to today, and when ''all'' equipment including the synthesizers was hardware—and record his 1976 breakthrough album, ''Oxygène''. This album, together with its 1978 successor ''Equinoxe'', defined Jarre's SignatureStyle of electronic music that sounded nothing like it had been made with machines (as opposed to {{Music/Kraftwerk}}, for example). The major labels saw no chance in [[{{Instrumentals}} instrumental]] electronic music being commercially successful, though, so Jarre released ''Oxygène'' at a small jazz label where it reached gold status within no time. Since Jarre's music didn't fit into any established musical genre, the hit single "Oxygène 4" managed to top the U.S. pop, jazz, classical music, and country charts all at once; not bad for a French musician.

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 [[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]].

The 1993 album ''Chronologie'' saw Jarre on his way back to the roots with the dance styles of TheNineties combined with some analog synths and sounds used by Jarre in his more popular albums from TheSeventies; besides, it was Jarre's first album with all tracks given the album title and the track number as titles since ''Magnetic Fields'' (1981). ''Oxygène 7-13'', released in 1997 (intended to be a 20-years-on-Oxygène anniversary album but delayed by several months) was thoroughly analog and an almost complete return to Jarre's SignatureStyle, weren't it for some more contemporary dance beats in some parts.

''Metamorphoses'' (2000) was Jarre's first and only album with the majority of tracks having vocals and lyrics and being sung for a change, only two out of twelve tracks are {{Instrumentals}}. Once again, though, it didn't sound like anything Jarre had made before. ''Sessions 2000'' (2002) was made of recorded electronic jazz-like jam sessions which Jarre put on a CD because he had to fulfill his album quota before he could get out of his record deal. His subsequent original releases (''Geometry Of Love'', 2003, ''Téo & Téa'', 2007) turned out so weird that Jarre hardly ever played anything out of them at his concerts. Instead, he revived older material twice (he had to because his old recordings remained property of the jazz label). In 2004, ''Aero'' was released, a sort of GreatestHitsAlbum with three new tracks and the rest having been partly re-recorded and remixed in surround sound, and in 2007, Jarre and three of his co-musicians remade all of ''Oxygène'' live in one sitting, enabling the whole album to be performed live on stage.

Jarre probably keeps a negative record sales record with his 1983 album ''Music For Supermarkets'', of which only one was produced and then sold at an auction.

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).

It took him until 1993 to actually tour for the first time, and even then, he only played a couple of shows throughout Europe because each of the huge custom-made open-air stages took several days to weld together. And it wasn't before 1997—two years after his third big show in Paris, this time under the Eiffel Tower—that he had a tour concept that fit onto existing stages in locations with a solid roof. Jarre's last giant show in a city was part of Moscow's 850th anniversary, played in front of the State University (the biggest building in all of Moscow, and the architecture of the Stalin era was impressively huge) and watched by at least 3.5 million people as the university can be seen all over the city. The millennium celebrations led him to the pyramids of Gizeh which of course were used as projection screens again. The 21st century saw him play a number of smaller single shows in places such as the Akropolis in Athens, a Danish windmill park, Tiananmen Square in Beijing, a legendary shipyard in Gdańsk, and the Moroccan desert; on the other hand, he has been playing one tour per year since 2008 where he keeps shamelessly showcasing unbelievable amounts of mostly highly valuable vintage synthesizers.

[[AC: Discography:]]

* La Cage (Single, 1971)
* Deserted Palace (1972)
* Les Granges Brûlées (soundtrack, 1973, re-released on CD 2003)
* Oxygène (1976 in France, 1977 worldwide)
* Equinoxe (1978)
* Magnetic Fields/Les Chants Magnétiques (1981)
* [[LiveAlbum The Concerts In China/Les Concerts En Chine]] (1982)
* Music For Supermarkets/Musique Pour Supermarché (1983, only one made)
* Zoolook (1984)
* Rendez-vous (1986)
* [[LiveAlbum In Concert Houston-Lyon/Cities In Concert]] (1987)
* Revolutions (1988)
* [[LiveAlbum Jarre Live/Destination Docklands]] (1989)
* Waiting For Cousteau/En Attendant Cousteau (1990)
* [[GreatestHitsAlbum Images – The Best of Jean-Michel Jarre]] (1991)
* Chronologie (1993)
* [[LiveAlbum Hong Kong]] (1994)
* Oxygène 7-13 (1997)
* Metamorphoses (2000)
* Sessions 2000 (2002)
* Geometry Of Love (2003)
* Jarre In China (2004)
* Aero (2004)
* Téo & Téa (2007)
* Oxygène – New Master Recording (2007)
* [[GreatestHitsAlbum Essentials & Rarities]] (2011)
* Electronica 1 - The Time Machine (2015)
* Electronica 2 - The Heart of Noise (2016)
* Oxygène 3 (2016)

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!!Tropes:

* 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 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.
* AllGuitarsAreStratocasters: At least up to 1993. Jarre used to play a Fiesta red Strat Hank Marvin-style in his youth. Later on, he had several encounters with the real Hank Marvin and his Fiesta red Strat, first by the Shadows covering him back, then by Hank Marvin joining him. The combo breaker was Patrick Rondat who did not play a Strat when he played for Jarre from 1993 on.
* AudienceParticipation: "Revolution, Revolutions" when played at a gig in the United Kingdom, Manchester in particular.
* BigRockEnding: Used to be pulled off with certain songs at live shows, especially "Fourth Rendez-vous" at ''Rendez-vous Houston''.
* BizarreInstrument: [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in a sense by many instruments designed for Jarre because they were actually functional. The Laser Harp is a perfect example--even today, many people don't believe it is actually playable.
** M. Jarre has had more than one laser harp since he started using them - they have been upgraded and replaced as technology has improved (for instance, earlier models were built into a podium with an overhead truss to intercept the beams). The current models may well function as implied, but some of the older ones plainly didn't (c.f. the London Docklands concert, where one of his hands drifted out of its beam without affecting the sustained note he was trying to hold).
** 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.
** Also, there are the {{Theremin}} (see below) and the Cristal Baschet, but all of these are playable, too.
** 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...
* 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.
* CallAndResponseSong: Done with two synthesizers on "Oxygène 12".
* 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''.
* ConceptAlbum: Several. Most of them, one could say.
* CoverVersion: Yes, Jarre has been not only remixed, but also covered a lot over the time, and not only by Ed Starink.
** The best example would be The Shadows. One of Jarre's school-time bands covered the Shadows in the late 1960s with Jarre as Hank Marvin. The Shadows covered Jarre's "Equinoxe 5" (actually parts "5" through "7") in 1980. In 1988, Jarre got Hank Marvin to collaborate on the track "London Kid" from ''Revolutions''. In 1993, Hank Marvin took his Fiesta red Stratocaster and covered "Oxygène 4".
** Even after ''Oxygène'', Jarre himself isn't beyond covering, although the few examples have been parts of concerts. "Fishing Junks at Sunset", played at most of Jarre's shows in what is China today, is a reworked piece of classical Chinese music, something even some die-hard fans don't know. "Salma Ya Salama" from the millennium ''The Twelve Dreams of the Sun'' is a covered {{Dalida}} song. And several songs from the Gdańsk show ''Space of Freedom'' aren't composed by Jarre either.
** Jarre's son David played some pieces from ''Rendez-vous'' on a small Korg arranger keyboard which his father then mixed into "Rendez-vous 5 Part 2".
** Jarre was covered a ''lot'' in the UsefulNotes/{{Commodore64}} music scene, probably moreso than any other artist.
* {{Dedication}}: Jarre loves to dedicate pieces of music, albums, even whole concerts to people. ''Revolutions'', however, takes it to the extreme.
--> This record is dedicated to all the children of the revolution,\\
to the children of the Industrial Revolution,\\
to those of [[TheSixties the 1960's]] and the computer age,\\
to the children of emigrants\\
and to those of Dulcie September.
* DigitalPiracyIsOkay: Jarre ''wants'' his fans to bootleg his concerts.
* EchoingAcoustics: The bass drum of "Calypso 3" has some ''massive'' reverb.
* 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.
* 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.
** "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 shutter and motor winder of Charlotte Rampling's Nikon camera in "Souvenir of China".
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: ''Rendez-vous Houston'' was just about the biggest concert in the history of music back then and broke a whole number of records.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Jarre had Synth Sparkles long before the Yamaha [=DX7=] (which he didn't like anyway) thanks to the [=EMS=] models [=VCS3=] and Synthi [=AKS=].
* EvolvingMusic: Lots of examples, only a few of which are listed here.
** "Oxygène 4" had parts of it replaced with a kind of bridge following the same chords from the 1990 ''Paris La Défense'' concert on.
** On the same occasion, "Equinoxe 4" got a new intro.
** "Equinoxe 7" has been cut off before the long ambient ending ever since 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 (''Europe In Concert'').
** "Magnetic Fields 2", for example, got a long solo section a few weeks after its initial release in 1981 (''The Concerts In China''), a modified melody in 1988 (''Destination Docklands''), and an additional bridge in 1990 (''Paris La Défense''); the latter two changes were reverted in 2009 for the ''In>Doors'' tour.
** "Souvenir of China" got several solos at the end over the time.
** Both "Souvenir of China" and "Second Rendez-vous" were accompanied by an orchestra for several years, starting at the millennium night.
** "Revolutions" had its Turkish flute intro replaced by an Arabian string orchestra playing an entirely different melody and its title changed to "Revolution, Revolutions" in 1990.
** As for evolution in the studio, "Orient Express" was entirely re-recorded for the GreatestHitsAlbum ''Images'' in 1991, and hardly anything was left as-is for ''Aero'' in 2004.
** 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 Music/ThePolice touch. Most concerts of those times also had a bass guitar player.
** Some songs from ''Metamorphoses'' were not only reworked, but also renamed. "Light My Sky" used to be "Tout Est Bleu", "Give Me A Sign" was slowed down a lot and became "Hymn To Acropolis" (which in turn had several other titles over the times), and "Aero" can barely still be identified as what used to be "Je Me Souviens".
* FadingIntoTheNextSong: Jarre is famous for this. "Oxygène 1" and "2" are barely separated, the arpeggio of "Equinoxe 3" leads into "Equinoxe 4" - a trick repeated throughout ''Equinoxe'', with the bassline of "Equinoxe 5" continuing throughout parts six and seven - and a similar connection exists between "Magnetic Fields 3" and "4". Several of his longer songs, such as "Ethnicolor" and "Blah Blah Cafe", from ''Zoolook'', are constructed from shorter pieces of music sequed into each other.
** [[AvertedTrope Averted]] with the third section of "Magnetic Fields 1", which begins abruptly in the middle of a sample of a passing jet plane.
* 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".
* Franks2000InchTV: Does this man ever exaggerate this trope.
** 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 of sometimes ''way'' more than 2000 inches.
** 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.
* FIFAWorldCupSpecial: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juHZcLzX9Fc Rendez-Vous 98]], a remix of Fourth Rendez-Vous intended to capture all the thrill of a World Cup finale.
** 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, both also for France, World Cup host and his homeland.
* FrickinLaserBeams: Part of most Jarre concerts. There used to be laser projections, today there are laser scanners, and let's not forget the Laser Harp.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The album ''Geometry of Love''. It is particularly notable that the cover art made it past the radar.
** The first lead voice in "Ethnicolor" sounds like the word "tit". It's actually a factory sample that came with the Fairlight CMI and rather sounds like "tsut" and that Jarre only changed from one-shot to looped, but still.
* GratuitousPanning: An old Jarre trick is to divide a delayed sequence by panning the original fully to one side and the delay hard to the other. Examples include "Magnetic Fields 1" and "Arpegiator", both of which came out as late as 1981.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''The Essential'' (1983), ''Musik aus Zeit und Raum'' (1983), ''The Essential'' (1985), ''Images'' (1991), ''The Essential'' (again) (2003), ''Aero'' (2004), the "Essentials" half of ''Essentials & Rarities'' (2011)
* GreenAesop: Especially the "Statistics Adagio".
* 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.
** At ''Oxygen In Moscow'' 1997, "Souvenir of China" was [[{{Dedication}} dedicated]] to Diana, Princess of Wales, who had died earlier the same year.
** "September" is another case of InMemoriam, it is [[{{Dedication}} dedicated]] to the Apartheid victim Dulcie September.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: "Ron's Piece" has a sampled human heartbeat instead of drums. The piece basically begins when the heartbeat sets in, and a heartbeat sample is the very last note. Also, the album ''Chronologie'' starts and ends with synthesized heartbeats.
* HeavyMetal: The young French metal guitarist Patrick Rondat joined Jarre in 1993 and again in 2005. Rondat went as far as playing a metal rendition of a part of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons at some of Jarre's concerts in addition to accompanying some of Jarre's own music.
** By the way, there is an obscure CoverVersion of "Magnetic Fields 2" by Music/{{Helloween}}.
* IconicSongRequest: "Oxygène! Oxygène! Oxygène! Oxygène!" or "Rendez-vous! Rendez-vous! Rendez-vous! Rendez-vous!"
* IHaveManyNames: Jarre's many pseudonyms before ''Oxygène''.
* {{Improv}}: ''Sessions 2000'', period. Also happens a lot at certain points of certain pieces when played live. Recent examples include {{Theremin}} or breath controller intros.
* InNameOnly: As far as the actual music is concerned, the ''Hong Kong'' live album contains exactly nothing from the 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 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.
* IncrediblyLamePun: The literal French translation of ''Magnetic Fields'' would be ''Champs Magnétiques''. The French album title (actually printed on album covers, by the way) was ''Les Chants Magnétiques'' (The Magnetic Chants) which is pronounced exactly the same. Face it, it's impossible for a Jarre-related pun to be lamer than this.
* {{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.
* 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 "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.
** 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:
** "Millions of Stars", both versions (musical chords and celestial bodies, respectively), and "Revolutions"/"Revolution, Revolutions".
** "Sale of the Century" isn't really a song of itself but an interlude from the 1993 ''Europe In Concert'' tour based on the end of "Chronologie 5", but otherwise it counts.
* 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 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.
* MinimalisticCoverArt: ''Jarre Live'' before it was renamed ''Destination Docklands'', ''Waiting For Cousteau'' with a yellow ear on a blue background, and ''Aero'' with the title and Jarre's eyes on a white background.
* {{Modulation}}: "Second Rendez-vous", for example, changes among F minor (parts 1, 2, 4), D minor (parts 1, 2), and C minor (part 3, which is entirely different from the rest of the work).
* 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.
* MyspeldRokband: Vizitors (Jarre and Tetsuya "TK" Komuro).
* NewSoundAlbum: Anything released after ''Equinoxe'', to the degree that no post-''Equinoxe'' album sounds like its respective predecessor. ''Waiting For Cousteau'' and ''Metamorphoses'' probably took the cake. Goes together with TheyChangedItNowItSucks.
** ''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:
** ''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.
** In fact, this already applies to "Equinoxe 5", which was remixed and apparently partly re-recorded prior to ''Equinoxe'''s CD release. The latter is more well-known today, and people are often puzzled when they stumble upon the original version.
* NumberedSequels: ''Oxygène 7-13'' and ''Oxygène 3'', the sequels to ''Oxygène''.
** Better yet: ''Oxygène 7-13'' was officially renamed ''Oxygène 2'' for the ''Oxygène'' three-album box when ''Oxygène 3'' came out.
* OminousMusicBoxTune: The few seconds of "Equinoxe 5" allowed on the album ''Aero'' sound like coming from a constantly bent music box.
* OminousPipeOrgan:
** The end of "Digisequencer".
** [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] by the beginning of "Chronologie 8" which is almost wedding compatible.
* OrganGrinder: At concerts, "Band in the Rain" (actually the first half of "Equinoxe 8") is usually played by Jarre on a barrel organ.
* OrientExpress: An actual track on ''The Concerts In China'', later re-recorded for ''Images''.
* [[PlayingTheHeartStrings Playing the Heart Stringmachines]]: "Souvenir Of China", "Oxygène 13", "Statistics Adagio" (which is played on a sample-based arranger keyboard), just to mention a few. Many more Jarre songs feature moving string lines less dominantly.
* PunBasedTitle: ''Les Chants Magnétiques'' is the French title of ''Magnetic Fields'' but translates to "the magnetic chants". The correct translation of (The) ''Magnetic Fields'' would be ''Les Champs Magnétiques'' which is pronounced exactly the same as ''Les Chants Magnétiques''.
* RearrangeTheSong: Several Jarre classics got partly new accompaniments and especially drum parts for the ''Twelve Dreams of the Sun'', some of them to sound more Arabic. Also, the dance-pop/trance version of "Magnetic Fields 2" from the 1997 ''Oxygène Arena Tour''.
** "The Overture" from ''The Concerts in China'' is a re-arranged version of "Magnetic Fields 1" with the main sequence played back at half speed.
* RegionalRiff:
** [[WelcomeToTheCaribbeanMon Caribbean steel drums]] ("Calypso")
** A Turkish Ney ("Revolutions") and an Arab string ensemble ("Revolution, Revolutions") respectively plus matching chants; also sampled synth strings (a real ensemble when played live) and Natacha Atlas' trilingual Arabesque singing ("C'est La Vie")
** Flamenco guitars (the ''Europe In Concert'' version of "Digisequencer" in Barcelona)
** A Chinese orchestra ("Fishing Junks At Sunset", although this one is in fact a Chinese composition spiced up with French-made electronic sounds)
** A French accordion ("Chronologie 6", the instrument in question is actually an Italian Cavagnolo accordion)
** England is represented by Hank Marvin's [[TheSixties 60s]]-style Strat ("London Kid")
* RepurposedPopSong: Jarre's music has been used as themes of several TV shows, parts of the album ''Oxygène'' went into the soundtrack of ''Film/{{Gallipoli}}'', and "Arpegiator" (from ''The Concerts In China'') is the background music of the hottest sex scene in ''Film/NineAndAHalfWeeks''.
* RereleaseTheSong: "Oxygène 4", the original studio single recording from 1976, was re-released at about the same time as ''Jarre Live'' ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a live album]]) in 1989 with a brand-new video.
* {{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.
* {{Rockumentary}}: ''Making the Steamroller Fly''.
* {{Scatting}}: The human voice samples on ''Zoolook''.
* 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.
* SceneryPorn: Jarre's mega-concerts made a lot of use of the surrounding architecture and were tailor-made for the location, no matter how huge the structures behind the stage were. Beginning with 2007's ''Oxygène – Live In Your Living-Room'' and the 2008 ''Oxygène Tour'', the SceneryPorn concentrated on the stage, on the vintage synthesizers, to be more precise, up to and including rectangular, color-changing spotlights to illuminate them separately. The ''Oxygène Tour'' even had a tiltable mirror hanging above the synth castles so that the audience could see them from above.
* SiameseTwinSongs: "Equinoxe 5" through "7".
* SignatureStyle: Defined by ''Oxygène'' and ''Equinoxe''. Some expect Jarre to always sound like this which often leads to [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks disappointment]] once they listen to any one of his other albums.
* SingleStanzaSong: "Bells", "Rendez-vous à Paris".
* TheSomethingSong: "Digisequencer" is also known as "Sequencer Song".
* SongStyleShift: Happens in several of Jarre's works, for example "Night In Shanghai", "Ethnicolor", "Calypso 2", "Digisequencer". Some of them are divided into subparts by fans to tell the sections from one another, especially if only one of them is played live (for example "Oxygène 5", "Equinoxe 8", "Magnetic Fields 1", "Oxygène 7", "Chronologie 1").
* SpokenWordInMusic: The weather forecast verses of "Tout Est Bleu", the original verses of "Millions Of Stars", "Je Me Souviens" and "Love Love Love" as a whole, parts of "C'est La Vie", the "project explanation" bits from "Téo & Téa", and understandable samples of Chinese in "Souvenir Of China" (the voice samples on ''Zoolook'' might or might not count). The lyrics of "Revolution, Revolutions" have always been spoken into the vocoder at concerts after 1990. And then there are the spoken interludes from the ''Europe In Concert'' tour.
* 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 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, sometimes also a movable mirror above the stage so all his gear could be seen. Tour merch included T-shirts with close-up images of EMS synths. The two following tours toned this down only slightly without reducing the quantity of instruments involved.
** [[http://blog.texfm.ro/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/jmj-pic.jpg This.]]
** 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.
* {{Theremin}}: Claimed to have been played on ''Oxygène 7-13''. This instrument did in fact appear at the ''Oxygène Arena Tour'' the same year and at every Jarre concert ever since. Jarre has actually learned to play it meanwhile.
* TickTockTune: Most of ''Chronologie'' uses the ticking of clocks as either ambient noise or part of the rhythm. Bonus points for the use of an alarm sequence Jarre composed for Swatch the previous year, sampled from an actual wristwatch.
* TruckDriversGearChange: Taken UpToEleven in "London Kid" with modulations of "multiple" semitones. Twice.
* UncommonTime: "Chronologie 1" starts in 9/8. The lack of drums or rhythmic accompaniment except for one aleatoric string line makes it even more confusing.
* UnpluggedVersion: "Band in the Rain" played on a [[OrganGrinder barrel organ]].
* UnusualUserInterface: The Laser Harp. Instead of strings, it has laser beams which, meanwhile, are powerful enough to slice your hand if you put it in them with no protective gloves on. And yes, the laser harpist does insert his hands into the beams. The maximum number of 10 beams used by Jarre isn't much of an obstacle since different notes can be assigned to the beams.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Millions of Stars" seems to have these, at least it had them before the verses were rewritten with stars and planets. If you're a musician, though, you will find out that they're chords. The first line in the first verse (see below) is actually even played at that time during the song.
-->Gm, Dm, Cm⁹, Gm
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