DIY Arduino Based Minipops 7 Rhythm Box Clone

Developer Jan Ostman let us know that he’s released source code for an Arduino-based Minipops 7 clone.

The Korg KEIO Minipops was featured prominently in Jean Michel Jarre’s classic electronic album, Oxygène

Ostman says that the code should work unmodified on any Arduino.  Continue reading

JPS Harmonic Synthesizer – The Sound Of Jarre’s ‘Oxygene’ – Gets Virtualized

Jiggery Pokery Sound has introduced JPS Harmonic Synthesizer, a software recreation of the extremely rare RMI Harmonic Synthesizer. 

Produced in very limited quantities for a very short period in the mid-1970s, the RMI Harmonic Synthesizer is best known for its prominent role in Jean Michel Jarre’s Oxygéne. It was it was used extensively on Oxygéne (often through an Electric Mistress flanger) for basses (Parts II and IV), leads (Parts IV and V) and sequences (Part V).

The video demo for the JPS Harmonic Synthesizer is a cover of Oxygene IV, live on the JPS Harmonic Synthesizer and Combo 310U.  Continue reading

Jean-Michel Jarre’s ‘Electronica 1’ Traces 60 Years Of Electronic Music

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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: Continue reading