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 - Oxygene (Part 4) - UK - 7" vinyl - £6.99, $8.88, €7.97 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jun-2019 10:26)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Oxygene (Part 4) (1977 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also featuring Part 6, Polydor company die-cut paper sleeve) […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Zoolook - French - vinyl LP - £8.00, $10.16, €9.12 (New Item) (arrived 04-Jun-2019 15:51)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Zoolook (1984 French 7-track vinyl LP with picture labels, also starring Laurie Anderson, picture sleeve with barcode sticker to front. The cover shows some minor wear [small split to lyric inner] & the vinyl is Excellent with some minor paper scuffs to show play) […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Equinoxe - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.05, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 28-May-2019 07:30)
JEAN MICHEL JARRE Equinoxe (1978 UK 8-track vinyl LP, the fourth album and second major release featuring some of the composer extraordinaire's most famous work, fully laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve & vinyl are near mint POLD5007) […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene - 1st - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.05, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 24-May-2019 14:31)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Oxygene (1977 UK 6-track vinyl LP, the mainstream breakthrough for the French electronic instrumentalist / composer, containing the first six movements to the Oxygene piece [the sequel was released in 1997], fully laminated picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little mild wear and the vinyl appears barely played) […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Rendezvous - UK - 7" vinyl - £10.00, $12.70, €11.40 (New Item) (arrived 20-May-2019 15:57)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Rendezvous (1986 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, featuring the Fourth Rendezvous and First Rendezvous, glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve has minor wear whilst the vinyl shows very little evidence of play POSP788) […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Zoolook - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $19.05, €17.10 (New Item) (arrived 14-May-2019 14:21)
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 general wear & the vinyl remains excellent POLH15) […]
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene & Equinoxe - UK - 2-LP vinyl set - £25.00, $31.75, €28.50 (New Item) (arrived 19-Mar-2019 08:36)
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) […]