Synth music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre may see the benefits of software synths – but when he goes on tour, he takes a huge collection of rare analog gear.
Why does he still prefer analog synthesizers?
“There is such warmth, such depth, that we have lost somehow,” says Jarre.“These instruments are quite special in the history of music. They just disappeared at the beginning of the Eighties when the Japanese created the DX7 and also with the explosion of the development of computers.”
“These instruments,” adds Jarre, “didn’t even have the chance to become adults and occupy the future.”
“I remember Stockhausen, when I was studying with him for a few months, saying, ‘All that is close to emotion in music is suspect.’ Which is absolutely crazy,” say Jarre. “Emotions are the basics of any art form!”
“I want to be in a total live situation,” adds Jarre, “with no computers on stage, exposing myself to accidents, because these instruments were not necessarily made for performance. The challenge is that every concert should be different, something special.”
Jarre’s comments, especially his comment that vintage synths “didn’t even have the chance to become adults and occupy the future,” are thought-provoking.
What do you think? Should electronic artists revisit the past to find the unexplored potential of vintage analog gear?