Thierry Lebon put together this detailed, multi-part analysis of Jean Michel Jarre’s classic Oxygene 2, recreating it with inexpensive software and minimal gear:
Here I will show you that you can break that song down into its instrument tracks , and perform an acoustic analysis of each and every sound.
I will show you that it is possible to reproduce that with a cheap minimal equipment, just by ear and instinct, with no scores, no MIDI file, no computer. All is hand played except for rythmics part … this is real music recorded with my “old school” method !
In this first part, I try to reproduce the rythm played in the original JMJ’s Oxygene, with the Korg MiniPops 7 ; here, I used a standalone free application called Rythmus by ElektroStudio. In that software, you can adjust the volume of each sounds, the pan, the tune, the volume and the global tempo ; 2 presets are used simultaneously : Beguin and Slow Rock for Oxygene 2.
In the second section, Lebon does a basic test:
this is a basic test : I will show you that it’s possible to play Oxygene 2 with minimal equipment : 2 synths, 2 effects, one VSTi … here 4 tracks are tested : phased wind (sh-101 + small stone) ; sequence 1 : internal sequencer of the sh-101 + memory boy ; rythmus by elektrostudio ; mellotron tape choir and bass (Alesis Fusion 8hd)
How to make a soft version of Oxygene 2 with minimal equipment : only 2 synths !
All is hand and by ear played .This is a very “light” cover ! I recorded 10 audio tracks with Presonus Studio One, but without automation and I have to add 2 tracks for noises with the Roland SH-101.
I only use Rythmus (by ElektroStudio), Alesis Fusion 8 HD, Roland SH-101, Electro-Harmonix Small Stone (Phaser) and Memory Boy (Tape Delay).
In Part 3/4, the final cover:
One Alesis Fusion 8 HD + one Roland SH-101 + one Electro-Harmonix Small Stone + one Electro-Harmonix Memory Boy + software Rythmus by ElektroStudio, one USB AudioBox Presonus + Studio One + very much time to analyze = one cover of Oxygene 2 – Jean Michel Jarre, by a non musician, newbie in music, but working by ear and all hand played with errors on tempo and fingers position, … so SORRY for mistakes !
In part 4/4, Lebon looks at processing effects with analog pedals:
Noises, electronic sounds, effects used in my Cover of Oxygene 2 – Jean Michel Jarre, all sounds go thru analog pedals (E-H Small Stone Phaser and Memory Boy)
Finally, Lebon demonstrates the main Alesis Fusion 8 HD sounds:
Main Samples, sounds, keys and chords used with the Alesis Fusion 8 HD to make my Final Cover of Oxygene 2 – Jean Michel Jarre