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.
Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a live studio performance by Jean Michel Jarre and his band of his 1976 synth classic, Oxygène. Continue reading
Pioneering synthesist Jean Michel Jarre shared this awesome photo of his vintage gear-filled synth lair, which is, he notes, “where the magic happens.”
Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures Jean Michel Jarre and his band performing Oxygene Live at Theatre Marigny, Paris, using a collection of Jarre’s vintage synthesizers and electronics. Continue reading
This video playlist features a 9-part ‘masterclass’, featuring John ’00’ Fleming discussing remixing Jean Michel Jarre‘s classic Oxygene. Continue reading
Saturday Synth Porn: This photo captures Michel-Lag-Chavarria and a custom circular keyboard, created for Jean Michel Jarre.
Here’s what Michel Lâg-Chavarria has to say about the unusual keyboard: Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a full-length concert by Jean Michel Jarre in Sochi, Russia, 12/20/2013. Continue reading
In a new interview, electronic music pioneer and president of the International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies (CISAC) Jean Michel Jarre shared his thoughts on the Internet, intellectual property and how they relate to the future of music.
“Our fight and our battle about intellectual property is not defending the rights of rich artists…sitting on their pot of gold. It’s something far beyond this,” argues Jarre. “It’s questioning the future of creation, the future of our identity, whoever we are…” Continue reading