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 - Magnetic Fields - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.50, €12.00 (New Item) (arrived 15-Jan-2022 16:51)
JEAN MICHEL JARRE Magnetic Fields (1981 UK 5-track LP, housed in a glossy picture sleeve with illustrated credits inner. The sleeve is Excellent with a few light marks & the vinyl is clean & in Excellent condition & appears barely played POLS1033)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene - 2nd - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.50, €12.00 (New Item) (arrived 27-Nov-2021 11:35)
JEAN MICHEL JARRE Oxygene (Early 80s pressing of the 1977 UK 6-track vinyl LP - the mainstream breakthrough for the now-iconic French electronic instrumentalist/composer, containing the first six movements to the Oxygene piece. Certainly a must have for any electro fans... this is where it all began! The glossy picture sleeve shows little sign of wear & the vinyl looks barely played)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene 10 - UK - 12" vinyl - Promo - £7.99, $10.79, €9.59 (Back In Stock) (arrived 29-Oct-2021 15:21)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Oxygene 10 (1997 UK Epic DJ promotional 3-track 12" vinyl EP including Sash Remix Maxi Version, Resistance D Treatment #1 and A440 Remix Dub Master. This pressing was exclusive to radio and DJs only and is housed in a bold custom stickered die cut sleeve XPR3141)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - In Concert Houston Lyon - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $16.20, €14.40 (New Item) (arrived 02-Nov-2021 11:32)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE In Concert Houston Lyon (1987 UK 9-track vinyl LP featuring a collection of tracks recorded live during two performances in Lyon and Houston together with orchestra and choir. The glossy gatefold picture sleeve has a little shelfwear and comes with the credits inner while the vinyl remains in excellent condition with only light signs of play POLH36)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Rendez-Vous - UK - vinyl LP - £12.00, $16.20, €14.40 (New Item) (arrived 02-Nov-2021 13:01)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Rendez-Vous (1986 UK 6-track vinyl LP including Last Rendez-Vous: Ron's Piece, intended to be the first piece of music played & recorded in space. Both the picture sleeve and vinyl remains in excellent condition POLH27)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Zoolook - UK - vinyl LP - £15.00, $20.25, €18.00 (New Item) (arrived 02-Nov-2021 13:05)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Zoolook (1984 UK 7-track vinyl LP with picture labels, the fourth overall mainstream studio album from the French composer, guest starring Laurie Anderson & Adrian Belew. The glossy picture sleeve shows light edgewearand some creasing along the spine, the top edge has some loss of gloss varnish, however the vinyl remains in excellent condition POLH15)
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene - French - vinyl LP - £20.00, $27.00, €24.00 (New Item) (arrived 05-Nov-2021 12:57)
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE Oxygene (1977 French 6-track vinyl LP, laminated picture sleeves with 'Disques Motors' logo on the back cover. The sleeve has only a few light storage marks whilst the vinyl is near 'as new')
- Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene - 2nd - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £10.00, $13.50, €12.00 (New Item) (arrived 13-Nov-2021 14:27)
JEAN MICHEL JARRE Oxygene (1977 UK 6-track vinyl LP, picture sleeve. The sleeve shows some mild shelfwear & the vinyl remains in excellent condition with just light evidence of play)