New EP Features Collaboration Between Jean-Michel Jarre & Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream)

jean-michel-jarre-tangerine-dreamThe Vinyl Factory – an independent British company that specializes in limited editions releases – has announced an upcoming vinyl EP by Jean-Michel Jarre & Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream.

Jarre collaborated with Tangerine Dream founder Froese (who died earlier this year) to create the track Zero Gravity.

Jarre plans to release a new studio album, later this year, which will feature the Froese/Tangerine Dream collaboration, along with collaborations with Gesaffelstein, M83 and 3D (Massive Attack).

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Open Mic: Has Electronic Music Lost Track Of The Future?

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Open Mic: Pioneering synthesist Jean Michel Jarre shared a vintage shot of himself today on Facebook. He added the comment “Back in the Seventies, we had a romantic, poetic vision of the future, like it was in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.”

Parliament-Mothership-ConnectionIn the 60’s, 70’s and, to a lesser degree, the 80’s, the sounds of the synthesizer were shorthand for ‘the future’.

Synth artists like Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Vangelis created electronic soundscapes, inspired by futuristic themes. Kraftwerk created a futuristic synth pop world, populated with robotic musicians.

Science fiction movies, from Forbidden Planet to Blade Runner, often had electronic soundtracks. And mainstream funk and new wave musicians adopted synths and space age ideas and visuals.

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