Jean-Michel Jarre has paired with pioneering producer and ambient artist Brian Eno for the release of Epica Extension, out now on Sony Music.
The remix follows reworks with Martin Gore (“BRUTALISM TAKE 2”) and Deathpact (“BRUTALISM REPRISE”) for his Oxymore album track Brutalism.
“When I started ‘EPICA,’ I immediately thought that Brian Eno could be involved in this most rhythmic track of the album, thinking that he could bring his signature ‘ambient’ touch in reworking the track – another kind of oxymoron,” shares Jarre. “…but he told me that he was most interested in developing rhythmic ideas these days…and here is the beautiful, ghostly, unexpected result. Thank you Brian.”
The original “EPICA” track appears on Jarre’s album Oxymore, crafted as a tribute to the French roots of electronic music which has had a major influence on the music production of the genre over the years. OXYMORE is also an homage to the late French composer Pierre Henry, an iconic figure in electronic and classical music, and one of Jarre’s influences at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), where he studied.
After his death in 2017, Henry’s widow provided Jarre with original sounds which had been intended for use in a collaboration. Jarre calls Oxymore “conceptually his most ambitious and groundbreaking” album to date, as the first commercial release of this scale which fully utilizes multichannel and binaural sound (spatial 3D), with Jarre not just producing, but also composing and recording and mixed in audio 360 in the “Innovation” studios of Radio France.
Oxymore is available as CD, Double Vinyl and digital in Stereo, Binaural, 5.1 and Dolby Atmos. The physical product includes a code to access the highest quality Binaural master, as intended by Jean-Michel Jarre when producing the album.