I just found OXYGENE in the discount bin...

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gjm
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I just found OXYGENE in the discount bin...

Post by gjm » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:54 am

Jean Michel Jarre.....OXYGENE $6.99

I had never heard the whole album before. I remember hearing Part IV as a kid in the late 70's, but that was it.

Is this album important in Electronica music? Why or why not?

There is a relationship between melody and 'non melodic' sounds. Is this balance the mark of good electronica musicianship? Can it be described?

Can today's musician learn anything from this album? If so, what?


All of the information in the cover is in french and I can't read it, except for the list of instruments (I presume was used on this album)

-A.R.P. Synthesizer
-A.K.S. Synthesizer
-V.C.S. 3 Synthesizer
-R.M.I. Harmonic Synthesizer
-Farfisa Organ
-Eminent
-Mellotron
-Rythmin' Computer

Are these all dead in the water, junk, museum pieces, or still a part of today's musical landscape?

With today's modern technology, what off the shelf software/hardware could be used to do the job of the above list of instruments and, provided you have the musical vision, produce something as noteworthy as OXYGENE

Conversely, was this album shite and not deserving of decent discussion?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

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Post by ollyb303 » Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:50 am

Seminal album mate. Most people could learn a lot from JMJ. His live performances are legendary.
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Post by irrelevance » Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:02 am

Good album. You may also be interested in the recent DVD rework of Oxygene which he has performed live (with a little help) and using all the original instruments

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Post by creature » Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:05 am

I grew up on stuff like this. It is a great album.

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Post by serge_a_storms » Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:47 am

irrelevance wrote:Good album. You may also be interested in the recent DVD rework of Oxygene which he has performed live (with a little help) and using all the original instruments
This is well worth a look! It's like watching a moving museum (and I don't Just mean Jarre and his cronies!) with a nice mellow soundtrack.

Oxygen IV always reminds me of childhood. One of the first electronic records I ever owned.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=XxxYtqMltUA

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Post by Angstrom » Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:00 pm

I grew up with it too, and loved it back then.
For a while in my teens I dismissed it as cheesy, but now time has passed the cheese has matured - I can enjoy it again. Vintage Camembert !

I like this guide to all the instruments on the record, by JMJ himself.

some serious gear porn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_E8aGx777Q

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Post by gjm » Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:45 pm

serge_a_storms wrote:Oxygen IV always reminds me of childhood. One of the first electronic records I ever owned.
That was the first thing I noticed, memories of my dad playing records in the living room at the family home.

Interesting, I played some of it to my kids last night, they instantly grooved to it, and they had no idea of the age of the music.
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Post by gjm » Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:56 pm

Angstrom wrote:I like this guide to all the instruments on the record, by JMJ himself.

some serious gear porn
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_E8aGx777Q
Wow. Serious alright.

I wonder if someone could help me put those instruments into perspective. JMJ said in this video that the A.R.P. 2500 was part of the "mythology of electronic music", because so few of these instruments were ever made..."100 or so...". Back in the day, how 'elite' did you have to be to get a hold of one? What kind of $$$ by today's standard?

Is it fair to say the 'Gear Porn' was central to the success of his music?

I suppose you would collect gear for different reasons though. Some of the instruments had no memory and had to be used with multiple units. I guess gear porn had a different justification back then.
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Post by dhilsabeck » Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:03 pm

it's satisfying finding great vinyl in the bargain bin. Nice score.

Here's an interesting JMJ SOS interview. Goes into some depth on his gear. Good stuff.

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/feb08/a ... mjarre.htm

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Post by Pitch Black » Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:46 pm

My first electronic album experience. I remember lying out on the deck at my friend's house in Campbells Bay thinking "How does he make it sound like the sea??"

ahhh white noise filter sweeps...

One of the first music video images I can remember too, the flames chroma-keyed into his glasses.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qav2U0Ohb6U 1'44"

What I can't get over is how amazing everything up to and including "Zoolook" was, but after that... not so much...

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