Jean-Michel Jarre today released his first album in eight years, Electronica 1: The Time Machine.
The album is the first half of a double-album of collaborations with other electronic music artists, with the second half set for release the spring of 2016.
The project was conceived with Jarre’s desire to explore the history of electronic music in his lifetime, with the participation of electronic music artists of different generations.
Here’s the Jarre’s album trailer for Electronica 1: The Time Machine:
Jarre called on 30 collaborators for the two-part release. The first installment, Electronica 1: The Time Machine, features an eclectic line-up that includes:
- M83’s Anthony Gonzalez (“Glory”)
- Air (“Close Your Eyes”)
- Gesaffelstein (“Conquistador”)
- The Who’s Pete Townshend (“Travelator Part 1”)
- Depeche Mode/Erasure’s Vince Clarke (“Automatic Part 1-2”)
- Little Boots’ Victoria Hesketh (“If…!”)
- Massive Attack’s 3D (“Watching You”)
- Fuck Buttons (“Immortals”)
- Moby (“Suns Have Gone”)
- Laurie Anderson (“Rely on Me”)
- Dutch producer Armin van Buuren (“Stardust”)
- German forerunners Tangerine Dream (“Zero Gravity”)
- Boys Noize (“The Time Machine”)
- John Carpenter (“A Question of Blood”)
Cassical pianist Lang Lang (“The Train and the River”)
Jarre has released a series of short videos that look at the making of the tracks. The latest covers his collaboration with Air:
Here’s a playlist that includes the previous videos in his ‘Track Story’ series:
Electronica 1 is a two volume project with 30 collaborators in total.