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Jean Michel Jarre Announces An All-Star Electronica Double Album

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When you pronounce the name of Jean Michel Jarre, I enter into a time machine and think back about a time I spent in Paris in the late 70’s. At that time, the electronic music pioneer gave a free concert Place de la Concorde for Bastille Day, and it drew about one million people! I don’t remember seeing much but there were lasers and fireworks and of course Jarre’s ‘Oxygene-Equimoxe’ sonic catchphrases. I remember not caring much for Jarre’s music, I have laways found it a bit boring and cheesy, but it was all about spectacle and beating records of the largest attendance at an outdoor concert…

At the time, I didn’t realize he was such a pioneer, 35 years before the large EDM festivals, he was already doing something similar minus the MDMA… and talking about time machine, Jarre has announced his new release entitled ‘Electronica 1: The Time Machine’, and what is remarkable about it is the impressive number of artists involved… a ton of people, who are or have been involved with electronica and beyond, are participating: M83, Pete Townshend, Massive Attack’s 3D, Laurie Anderson, Vince Clarke (Erasure/Depeche Mode/Yazoo), Moby, Air, Little Boots, Tangerine Dream, Fuck Buttons, Gesaffelstein, director/composer John Carpenter, Boys Noize, Armin van Buuren, and Lang Lang. And this is just for the first part, as there will be an Electronica 2 set to be released during spring 2016.

This is how Jarre explains the new project:

‘I’ve wanted to tell a story for a while regarding electronic music history and its legacy from my point of view and experience, from when I started to nowadays. So I planned to compose for and collaborate with an array of artists who are, directly or indirectly linked to this scene, with people I admire for their singular contribution to our genre, that represent a source of inspiration for me over the last four decades I have been making music, but who also have an instantly recognizable sound. At the outset, I had no idea how this project would evolve, but I was delighted that everybody I reached out to accepted my invitation.’

This time Jarre wants to beat another record, the record of the most people participating in an album.

Here is the track list for Electronica 1: The Time Machine:

01 The Time Machine [ft. Boys Noize]
02 Glory [ft. M83]
03 Close Your Eyes [ft. Air]
04 Automatic (part 1) [ft. Vince Clarke]
05 Automatic (part 2) [ft. Vince Clarke]
06 If..! [ft. Little Boots]
07 Immortals [ft. Fuck Buttons]
08 Suns Have Gone [ft. Moby]
09 Conquistador [ft. Gesaffelstein]
10 Travelator (part 2) [ft. Pete Townshend]
11 Zero Gravity [ft. Tangerine Dream]
12 Rely on Me [ft. Laurie Anderson]
13 Stardust [ft. Armin van Buuren]
14 Watching You [ft. Massive Attack’s 3D]
15 A Question of Blood [ft. John Carpenter]
16 The Train & the River [ft. Lang Lang]

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