A Conversation With Jean-Michel Jarre

The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation shared this new interview with electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre.

The Alan R. Pearlman Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving the legacy of engineer & ARP founder Alan R. Pearlman.

The interview was filmed as part of the Foundation’s recent ARP 2600 Synthposium.


“On September 17th, Dina Pearlman, daughter of ARP Synthesizer inventor Alan R. Pearlman met with Jean Michel-Jarre to record opening remarks for the ARP 2600 Synthposium; followed by an interview.

We’ve decided to release an edit of the video to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the original recording as well as over 50 years of the iconic ARP 2600, one of Jean-Michel’s ‘pet’ instruments and a go-to for his recordings even today.”

For those interested in seeing the Synthposium its entirety, it is available to stream on demand.

6 thoughts on “A Conversation With Jean-Michel Jarre

  1. Simply brilliant. His recent collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys on Brick England is a testament to his longevity and relevance.

  2. I’m glad he’s persisting. Synths need someone cosmopolitan to pull all of those world threads together so people stay mindful of the great contrasts. I enjoy sniffing out his influences on his collaborations with people who are sometimes wildly different from him musically. He plays with almost as many other people as Willie Nelson does!

  3. I am intriqued by the convex mirrors behind Mr. Jarre. Is that simply art or do they serve some purpose such as sound reflection or diffuser?

    1. Those look like vintage ‘space age’ bubble mirror panels. They were a futuristic op art thing in the late 60s or early 70s.

      Like Jarre, they’re old enough to be cool again. Though Jarre never really seems to age much!

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