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.”
In 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.
Pioneering synthesist Jean Michel Jarre shared this awesome photo of his vintage gear-filled synth lair, which is, he notes, “where the magic happens.”
This video playlist features a 9-part ‘masterclass’, featuring John ’00’ Fleming discussing remixing Jean Michel Jarre‘s classic Oxygene. Continue reading