From The Guardian.
‘Hi-fi shops played it as an example of state-of-the-art music. I didn’t tell them I made it with Sellotape in my kitchen’
Jean-Michel Jarre, musician, composer
I played in rock bands as a teenager and would use a tape machine my grandfather gave me to get processed sounds out of my guitar. During the French student uprisings of 1968, this felt like a way of being rebellious. I loved it when people said: “What is this crap?” But by the mid-70s, I wanted to bridge the gap between experimental music and pop.
I had done production work for some rock artists, earning enough to set up a studio in my kitchen. I didn’t have much equipment, though, just a few guitar pedals and my first synthesiser, an EMS VCS3, which looked like a telephone exchange. I realised that using a Revox tape machine to delay the sound that came out of one loudspeaker created a huge sense of space.
With so little to work with, I had to be creative. My old Mellotron had only a few working keys, but I still managed to write Oxygène (Part II) on it. My primitive drum machine – a Korg Mini Pops – was the sort of thing people played in pubs, but by using Sellotape I could make it play two preset rhythms at the same time, creating cool beats. Part IV, which became iconic, was a mixture of “slow rock” and “rock” , while Part VI combined “rumba” and “bossa nova”.
Nobody knew about synthesisers back then. When I first heard Kraftwerk’s Autobahn, I thought they were a Californian band trying to imitate the Beach Boys. But I still saw Autobahn as a pop song with vocals – and I was into electronic music with no singing. Somehow, I wanted to link it all with nature and environmental issues. Then in an art gallery one day, I saw a painting of the Earth peeling away to reveal a skull and thought: “That’s the album cover!”
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- Jean-Michel Jarre - Revolutions - German - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.20, €16.50 (New Item) (arrived 14-Nov-2018 10:47)
JEAN MICHEL JARRE Revolutions (1988 West German pressed 7-track vinyl LP with the blue & red split label, housed in the glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only only minor edge wear and the vinyl looks barely played) […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene & Equinoxe - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £25.00, $32.00, €27.50 (New Item) (arrived 14-Nov-2018 09:37)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Oxygene & Equinoxe (1977 UK limited edition 14-track double LP repackaging of the two classic French Electronic works, with the gatefold picture sleeve reproducing the original artwork for both albums. The sleeve shows some edgewear, however the vinyl remains Excellent) […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - The Essential Jean Michel Jarre - UK - vinyl LP - £8.00, $10.24, €8.80 (New Item) (arrived 09-Nov-2018 17:00)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE The Essential (1983 UK 14-track compilation LP, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only minor wear from storage & the vinyl is in Excellent condition with the odd light sign of play PROLP3) […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene - US - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.20, €16.50 (New Item) (arrived 31-Oct-2018 15:34)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Oxygene (1977 US 6-track vinyl LP, pasted picture sleeve with Polydor company catalogue inner. The sleeve has a small corner clip, otherwise shows little wear, whilst the vinyl has just a few light paperscuffs, with little sign of play PD-1-6112) […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Electronica DeLuxe Box [Parts 1 & 2] - Number 8/1000 - UK - box set - £495.00, $633.60, €544.50 (New Item) (arrived 31-Oct-2018 15:07)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Electronica DeLuxe Box (A SPECTACULAR COMPLETE set of both Parts 1 and 2 of his 'Electronica Project' DeLuxe Box released in October 2015 and June 2016 respectively. The extensive set consists of FOUR 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl LPs [all housed in their own gold & black glossy picture sleeves]; TWO 'gold-sputtered' CD discs [each held in matching card wallet sleeves] and TWO 32GB USB Sticks, both of which grant access to the full album in HD Sou […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - The Concerts In China - Stickered - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $25.60, €22.00 (New Item) (arrived 30-Oct-2018 09:36)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE The Concerts In China (1982 UK 15-track double LP, recorded live during five concerts presented in Peking & Shanghai, the first performances of rock or contemporary music ever given in the People's Republic of China, including forty minutes of then-new material, complete with illustrated tracklisting inners, hype stickered gatefold picture sleeve. The cover shows only a little light edgewear and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play PODV3) […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Equinoxe - Japanese - vinyl LP - £25.00, $32.00, €27.50 (New Item) (arrived 25-Oct-2018 11:07)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Equinoxe (1979 Japanese 8-track vinyl LP, picture sleeve with Japanese insert & matching picture obi with an advert for the Korg synthesizer on the back. The packaging shows only minor wear & the vinyl is near mint MPF-1214) […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Equinoxe - UK - poster - Promo - £250.00, $320.00, €275.00 (New Item) (arrived 23-Oct-2018 16:16)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Equinoxe (Super rare 1978 vintage original UK 23" x 16" colour promotional poster, featuring the iconic Michel Granger artwork used extensively on the album and single, a wonderfully minimalist and striking design. This 40 year old poster remains in wonderful condition; a perfect candidate for conservation framing - superb!) […]