Jean Michel Jarre is a French composer whose particularity, among other things, is that he is the son of Maurice Jarre, a famous composer of film music ("Lawrence of Arabia" among the most famous ...).
He started playing the piano at the age of 8.
It was only a few years later, when his mother took him to the Jazz box "Le chat qui peche" that he had the "revelation". He will be a musician.
He takes harmony and counterpoint lessons at the Paris Conservatory.
It was in the early 1960s that things intensified when he started playing with the group "Mysteres IV", then with "Dustbins".
The year 1968 marked an important turning point in his life when he met Pierre Schaeffer, who made him join the "Groupe de recherches musicales", an organization made up of musicians and researchers studying contemporary and experimental music.
He discovered the first synthesizers there and rubbed shoulders with composers like Stockhausen among others.
It was in 1969 that he composed his first songs. Which are published in vinyl at a hundred copies 2 years later by Pathé Marconi.
In 1972, he composed the credits for the program "Sport en fête".
In 1973, he composed for the groups "Bill & Buster" and "Blue Vamp". He also composes for the cinema.
He also participates in the albums of Christophe "Les paradis perdus" and "Les Mots bleus" as lyricist.
In 1975, he collaborated with Françoise Hardy, Gérard Lenorman and Patrick Juvet.
And it was in 1976 that his destiny changed when he started composing an album that was to prove revolutionary in terms of sound, namely "Oxygène".
The album was released at the end of the year and it was a shock in the musical world both in France and abroad. Oxygène IV becomes a planetary hit and this in a sensational way !
Two years later, "Equinoxe" was released, an album in the line of Oxygen, which only confirmed his incredible and avant-garde talent.
He launched for the first time in 1979 his concept of mega show, the first of which took place at Place de la Concorde in Paris in front of 1,000,000 spectators !
1981 saw the release of the album "Les Champs Magnétiques" and he was the first westerner to be able to play in China since the death of Mao Zedong.
1984 saw the release of the album "Zoolook" with particularly mixed sounds.
1986 saw the release of the album "Rendez-vous", whose single "4ème rendez-vous" quickly became a worldwide hit and an emblematic piece of his concerts.
The mega shows follow one another, the master of which is excessive. 1988 was the year of the release of the album "Révolutions", once again based on sound mixing.
1990 meanwhile will be the year of the album "En attendant Cousteau" from which the flagship single "Calypso" will be extracted. The same year, he organized a mega show at La Défense in front of 2,500,000 spectators !
1993 saw the release of the album "Chronologie" which gave pride of place to analog synthesizers of yesteryear, just to get back to basics.
The loop being blocked, the artist will no longer produce a major work in the years that follow and will mainly focus on his extraordinary shows.
The visionary and avant-garde artists who marked the 20th century with their revolutionary instrumental compositions are not legion.
They can even be counted on the fingers of one hand: Mike Olfield, Tangerine Dream, Pink Floyd, Vangélis and ... Jean Michel Jarre.
As such, low hat Mister!
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
• La cage 1971
• Freedom day 1972
• La chanson des granges brûlées 1973
• Hypnose 1974
• Oxygene 4 1976
• Oxygene 2 1977
• Equinoxe 5 1978
• Equinoxe 4 1979
• Les Champs magnétiques 2 1981
• Orient express 1982
• Souvenir of china 1982
• Zoolook 1984
• Zoolookologie 1985
• Fourth rendez vous 1986
• Revolutions 1988
• London kid 1988
• Calypso 1990
• Chronologie 4 1993
• Together now 1999
1971 ... beginnings to say the least ... tortured. Experimental taken to the extreme and which leaves nothing to augur at this stage of the huge suite which is on the horizon ...
1972 ... this one will not do better unfortunately. There is still work before he can go to the stars ...
1973 ... the style evolves slowly but surely. There is better, it is clear but it will still have to work ...
1974 ... the year 1974 will not change anything again. The inspiration remains basic and does not allow him to hope to play soon in the big leagues ...
1976 ... then comes THIS title ! And the world discovers a revolutionary sound that did not exist until then. The artist delivers here a HU-GE album which marks a major turning point in the musical history of the 20th century ! MO-NU-MEN-TAL !
1977 ... the rest, just as HUGE ! An almost divine inspiration, a sound of an incredible lyricism. But where is he going to get it all ?
1978 ... the second sonic shock, the gifted one has reoffended and confirms an absolutely incredible talent as a composer
1979 ... the shock wave spreads all over the planet and opens a new musical era essentially based on the power of synthesizers. An instrument that will simply revolutionize music like rarely another instrument before it ...
1981 ... the transition phase. The artist changes his tone once again and opens up new musical dimensions, this time a little more dance-oriented
1982 ... a constantly evolving sound, a desire for permanent innovation which makes him one of the most avant-garde composers of the moment
1982 ... a magnificent memory of China which magically suspends time and takes us into sound regions which we did not even imagine existed ...
1984 ... an explosive mix of diverse and varied sounds that perfectly sums up the atmosphere of the moment
1985 ... the HUGE interplanetary hit which once again puts him in the spotlight and once again proves his truly extraordinary talent. MAS-TER-FUL !
1986 ... he repeats a year later with an equally HUGE title. But where does this inspiration which is constantly incredible come from ?
1988 ... the end of the decade, this time lacking in inspiration, a first for an artist who had previously achieved flawlessness. We will have to catch up and quickly !
1988 ... another title with certain quality, certainly. But it misses this grain of genius which inhabited the artist until there ...
1990 ... fortunately the change of decade rhymes with return of inspiration. We thought we had lost him for good but it is clear that the essential is preserved !
1993 ... unfortunately, even if he delivers here a new title of very high class, one feels that the inspiration begins to fluctuate more and more and that the best is now behind him. And the future will only confirm this bad feeling ...
1998...de moins en moins de titres personnels qui laissent la place à de plus en plus de collaborations. Un parti pris qui finira par le marginaliser irrémédiablement...
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