Jean-Michel Jarre, the French composer behind such game-changing electronic albums of the ’70s as Oxygène and Équinoxe, among many others, still has plenty of surprises up his sleeve. Take for instance E-Project, which is the current working title for an album that Jarre has planned for an October 16 on Ultra Music. It’s a collaborative album that Jarre is crafting as a celebration of the legacy of electronic music over the years. Accordingly, he has nabbed a host of influential artists to take part in the project. Many are still to be announced, but some of Jarre’s creative partners in the process will include M83, Gesaffelstein, Tangerine Dream and Robert “3D” Del Naja from Massive Attack.
For the album, Jarre created demos of each track and sent them to his prospective collaborators so they could see what they had to bring to the track, each lending their own singular style.
Obligatory press gush from Jarre: “I’ve wanted to tell a story for a while regarding electronic music history from my point of view and experience, from when I started to nowadays. So I planned to collaborate with array of artists who are, directly or indirectly, linked to this scene, over the last four decades that I‘ve been making electronic music—with people I admire for their singular contribution to our genre, that represent a source of inspiration for me but who also have an instantly recognizable sound.”
For you collector types, look out for a limited-edition hand-signed and numbered box-set version with exclusive content, available via pre-order at Jarre’s website.
Visionary French electronic music artist Jean-Michel Jarre will be interviewed by Dutch EDM star Armin van Buuren at Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE), taking place October 15-19, 2014. Known for producing groundbreaking albums such as 1976’s Oxygène and 1978’s Équinoxe and presenting stunning large-scale live shows featuring lasers and firewrorks, Jarre is currently the president of CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, where he advocates for copyright protection. He still produces music and designs for his high-end speakers for Jarre Technologies. (Fun fact: Metronomy covered Jarre’s “Hypnose” on Late Night Tales in 2012.)
“Jean-Michel was one of the true electronic music pioneers at the point where it was not yet known as trance or EDM,” said Armin van Buuren in a statement. “In the beginning the synthesizer was seen by many as a “devil” instrument and its sound was not particularly regarded as “music” by some. But with albums like Oxygene, Equinox and Zoolook Jean-Michel reached a huge audience and opened many doors for synthesizer-based music. This device is the basis of what we now call dance music, and Jarre is also a pioneer when it comes to large audience performances and techniques such as video projection.”
Information about ADE can be found on their website.
James Mount of UK electro outfit Metronomy has curated the next installment of the Late Night Tales compilation series. In addition to selecting cuts by OutKast, Cat Power, Chick Corea, Autechre and Dr. Octagon, the 20-track compendium also includes an exclusive Metronomy cover of Jean-Michel Jarre’s “Hypnose” and a spoken word track by Paul Morley The album drops September 3. Full tracklisting is below.
1. Outkast – Prototype 2. Tweet – Drunk 3. SA-RA Creative Partners – Cosmic Ball 4. Chick Corea – El Bozo (Part 1) 5. Dr. Octagon – Blue Flowers 6. Lonzo & The World Class Wreckin Cru – Cache Vocal 7. Metronomy – Hypnose (Exclusive Jean Michel Jarre Cover Version) 8. Alessi Brothers – Seabird 9. Autechre – Fold4,Wrap5 10. Mick Karn – Weather The Windmill 11. The Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky 12. Geneva Jacuzzi – Love Caboose 13. The Lone Swordsmen – You Are… 14. Tonto’s Expanding Head Band – Cybernaut 15. Pete Drake – Forever 16. Appaloosa – The Day (We Fell In Love) 17. Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Complainte Pour Ste Catherine 18. Herman Dune – Winners Lose 19. Cat Power – Werewolf 20. Paul Morley – Lost For Words Pt.4 (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)