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 - The Essential Jean Michel Jarre - UK - vinyl LP - £8.00, $9.76, €8.88 (New Item) (arrived 11-Oct-2019 09:44)
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 - Equinoxe - UK - 7" vinyl - £8.00, $9.76, €8.88 (New Item) (arrived 09-Oct-2019 11:06)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Equinoxe (1978 UK limited edition injection moulded 7" vinyl single with the B-side etched with the title, facsimile autograph and the date Dec 78. Features Parts 5 & 1, Pye die-cut paper sleeve POSP20)
Jean-Michel Jarre - Rendez-Vous IV - Skyline Sleeve - UK - 12" vinyl - £20.00, $24.40, €22.20 (New Item) (arrived 02-Sep-2019 16:50)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Rendez-Vous IV (1986 UK 3-track 12" vinyl single featuring Special Remix and Original Mix, plus previously unreleased Moon Machine. The glossy 'skyline' picture sleeve has a little wear to the edges and the vinyl appears in excellent condition POSPX788)
Jean-Michel Jarre - The Concerts In China - Stickered - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $24.40, €22.20 (New Item) (arrived 21-Aug-2019 15:56)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE The Concerts In China (1982 UK 15-track double vinyl 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. The hype-stickered gatefold picture sleeve has 2" seam splits to the top & comes with its illustrated tracklisting inners and the vinyl remains in excellent condition with few signs of play PODV3)
Jean-Michel Jarre - Conductor Of The Masses - Issue 9 - UK - fanzine - £15.00, $18.30, €16.65 (New Item) (arrived 21-Aug-2019 13:05)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Conductor Of The Masses #9 (Winter 1992 A5 size issue of this well known and now extinct collector's fanzine. Featuring an exclusive Jarre interview, plus reviews of his Alpine concerts for Swatch, news, pictures and more!)
Jean-Michel Jarre - The Concerts In China - Complete - EX - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £20.00, $24.40, €22.20 (New Item) (arrived 21-Aug-2019 09:20)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE The Concerts In China (1982 UK 15-track double vinyl 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, hype stickered gatefold picture sleeve complete with the illustrated tracklisting inners and rare merchandise insert. The sleeve has edge scuffing & the insert has some creasing with a small tear & no paper loss; the vinyl has light signs of play leaving it Excellent PODV3)
Jean-Michel Jarre - Zoolook - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $18.30, €16.65 (New Item) (arrived 25-Jul-2019 12:53)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Zoolook (1984 UK 7-track LP with picture labels, the fourth overall mainstream studio album from the French composer, guest starring Laurie Anderson & Adrian Belew, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows light edgewear and some creasing along the spine, the top edge has some loss of gloss varnish, however the vinyl remains excellent POLH15)