Monday, February 29, 2016

Electronic Music Pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre Talks About the Early Work and the Evolution of Music Technology

Electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre is interviewed by technology company Native Instruments in his studio about the pioneering electronic music he began to create in the 70's and how his working methods have changed over the years with the development of technology.

Jean-Michel Jarre is a composer, performer, songwriter, and producer whose pioneering approach to electronic music and live performance has influenced a generation. After studying with Pierre Schaeffer, creator of musique concrete at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM), Jarre recorded the seminal 1976 album Oxygène in his makeshift home studio – the album sold 18 million copies internationally. Jarre's 17 studio albums have totaled over 80 million sales, and he resides in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest concert attendance for a show in 1997.


"I always had this organic approach to sound, mixing acoustic instruments, hardware and electronic processing. At the same time, I tried to continuously equip my studio with the latest tools, testing and adding new technologies. That way I could best explore all the concepts I had in mind. For my album Zoolook, I traveled around the globe to record samples of voices and sounds in a very traditional, acoustic way – but then used the Fairlight in the studio, which at that time (1984) was the state-of-the-art sampling machine.

This exploration and mixing of technologies has followed me throughout my whole career, from the first modular synth, to polyphonic synths, drum machines, digital keyboards, plug-ins… I'm now even using a few iPad apps. Exploring new technologies keeps my curiosity alive and inspires me to go further in what I do."

Jean-Michel Jarre on the evolution of music technology – part 1:

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