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Jean-Michel Jarre / Electronica

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Here is the finished artwork for Jean-Michel Jarre‘s Electronica album, that was previously known as E-Project.

To recap, this is a collaborative project with Jarre working with people he admires in the field of electronica (at least that was the original ‘brief’ – see below).  The process is that he composed and produced original demos specifically for each artist, they then worked on it before giving it back for JMJ to complete the track. So a kind of Gratte mon dos, if you will.

Back in July, there were only a few collaborators announced (Tangerine Dream, 3D from Massive Attack etc.) but the track listing below reveals all the parties involved. They include Vince Clarke, Pete Townshend (well known for his electronica..) and pianist Lang Lang.

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1000 units only – Deluxe hand-signed Electronica box set

Don’t forget that there is a deluxe box set edition of Electronica which is HAND SIGNED (and numbered) by Jean-Michel Jarre. If you think £180 is a lot for a box set wait until I tell you that this is only ‘part one’ (‘The Time Machine’) with a follow up due in 2016! To be fair, the second “content-rich” volume of this box set will ‘only’ be £36 – so that’s £216 in total.

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Fanbox. Personally NOT signed by Jean-Michel Jarre

If your family’s financial priorities aren’t aligned with you spending £200+ on a signed JMJ box set (what do they know?) then you could settle for the ‘fanbox’ version. Similar content (2LP vinyl, CD, “access to audio-visual bonus content”, photo prints etc.) for £43. Again, there is a ‘part two’ for this due in 2016 which will cost £21.

You have to go to the Official Jean-Michel Jarre store to buy either box set.

Electronica: Part 1 The Time Machine will be released on 16 October 2015.

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Deluxe box set & Fanbox

2LP Vinyl Edition

Standard CD

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1. The Time Machine – Jean-Michel Jarre & Boys Noize
2. Glory – Jean-Michel Jarre & M83
3. Close Your Eyes – Jean-Michel Jarre & Air
4. Automatic, Pt. 1 – Jean-Michel Jarre & Vince Clarke
5. Automatic, Pt. 2 – Jean-Michel Jarre & Vince Clarke
6. If..! – Jean-Michel Jarre & Little Boots
7. Immortals – Jean-Michel Jarre & Fuck Buttons
8. Suns Have Gone – Jean-Michel Jarre & Moby
9. Conquistador – Jean-Michel Jarre & Gesaffelstein
10. Travelator, Pt. 2 – Jean-Michel Jarre & Pete Townshend
11. Zero Gravity – Jean-Michel Jarre & Tangerine Dream
12. Rely on Me – Jean-Michel Jarre & Laurie Anderson
13. Stardust – Jean-Michel Jarre & Armin van Buuren
14. Watching You – Jean-Michel Jarre & 3D (Massive Attack)
15. A Question of Blood – Jean-Michel Jarre & John Carpenter
16. The Train & The River – Jean-Michel Jarre & Lang Lang

 

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20 responses to Jean-Michel Jarre / Electronica

  1. Daveyman19 says:

    Tracks i’ve heard so far are mostly ok – hate the cover, looks cheap and not up there with some of his best sleeve designs (Zoolook, Oxygene & Equinox being his best and most iconic).

    Won’t be buying the Deluxe box, far too pricey and not keen on the idea of it only being Part 1 also!

    When oh when will we see a proper rarities release of 12″ mixes etc that are out there – fed up of yet more remasters of his albums. Wish he’d do a proper Deluxe Edition of Zoolook, that would be amazing and lots to bulk up the content (Live in Houston Cd + DVD, 12″ mixes etc)

    • CJ Feeney says:

      There is unlikely to be a Live in Houston DVD (which goes with the Rendezvous album, not Zoolook) as the TV source material is quite poor. Jarre has considered it in the past and decided the product would be too low quality.

  2. Paul Kent says:

    To be fair, I think Townshend’s involvement may have something to do with his early championing of the ARP synthesiser. If so, I think his appearance is wholly appropriate.

  3. Adam says:

    Gotta love the collaborator list. However, this (from the SDE description) is just not true:

    “3D Audio is a unique way to experience music and JMJ is the first artist to ever use this new technology.”

    The Orb did this with their Metallic Spheres album (the one with David Gilmour) in 2010. I’m sure they’re not the only ones, either.

    • Glenn says:

      There are a number of 3D audio techniques out there and it has been around since at least the 70s. The exact process JMJ used is yet to be determined. These audio folks invent new things all the time and it may not be the same process as on The Orb album.

      • Paul Sinclair says:

        Q Sound is one, of course

        • Simon Long says:

          3D sound for headphones is as old as the hills; it’s called binaural recording, and according to Wikipedia it dates from the 1880s, with the first use of it on a pop music recording by Lou Reed in 1978. I have no idea at all how JMJ thinks he can claim this is something unique and revolutionary, because it just isn’t…

  4. Brian says:

    Makes me wonder whether he asked any of the members of kraftwerk.

  5. Carlton Fisher says:

    Laurie Anderson is involved. Looks like I’ll be buying it.

  6. Piotr says:

    The cover looks like he just got out of bed and was surprised by the camera.

  7. Pekka says:

    A pity they didn’t apply the deluxe cover on the cd-versions too… would have been much more classy – it looks quite fine.

  8. TheProgster says:

    God he looks so miserable on the cover…cheer up mate and please tell me that this new album is better than the awful ‘Tea and Teo’

  9. Daveyman19 says:

    The collaborative tracks put out so far are pretty good, so all in its looking like it might be a good ‘return to form’ album – and a first just not by himself – so will be different.

    Agree with Pekka, should have used the deluxe cover for the main CD, or even the fanbox inner (I think) with the circles and the glowing typeface (this is the designer in me speaking by the way lol!)

  10. stevo says:

    I’m assuming (hoping), the TD track was done before Froese died. I would have loved a few more from that era (his own era) e.g. Schulze, Eno, Larry Fast, Tomita, Vangelis… Showing my age, no doubt. :)

  11. baward says:

    I’ve liked his music since the early days (up until Zoolook anyway) but even though I can’t put my finger on it, for me there’s something fantastically fake and insincere about him.

    Bon chance with the new album though J-M!

    • TheProgster says:

      baward there is nothing fake or insincere about JMJ how dare u…I think you are thinking about Prince in fact you are…just listen to the music of JMJ and don’t even think such things he is a legend and pioneer of the electronic keyboard so deal with it or go and listen to PPM (Pompous Prince Music)

  12. Rob Kirby says:

    Have to admit that I wasn’t really interested in this after, what was for me, the diminishing returns of the last few albums, but Laurie’s presence makes it a must-buy for me too… and I suspect a lot of others.

    I like his classic period up to Zoolook and a lot of what he did up to Oxygene 8-13, but would also get much more excited with a long overdue singles/12″s and rarities set. A little sad but true, I guess.

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