Strictly analog: Kebu – Pulsar

June 20, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Background info: “This tune is the second single from my upcoming album. I composed the tune already in 2008 and the tune is a tribute to one of my biggest influences, Jean Michel Jarre.

Only analog synthesizer were used in recording the tune. The tune was also recorded by analog gear only and mixed with an analog mixer. The tune is from Kebu’s upcoming debut album, which is planned to be released in 2012.”

You can buy this single from Ubetoo for 0.99 euro:
http://www.ubetoo.com/store/kebu/pulsar/a2136

Equipment used: Hohner String Performer, Roland Alpha Juno, Roland Juno 60, Korg Mono/Poly, Korg Poly-61, Moog Prodigy, Logan String Melody, Arp Axxe, Touched by Sound DRM1, Vermona DRM1 MkIII, Roland TR-808 (snare attack only), Electro Harmonix Small Stone, Lexicon MPX500, Allen&Heath GS1, Yamaha MT4x. Cubase & Live only used as MIDI sequencers with the tape sync handled by a Roland TR-626.

JM Jarre with lazer beams performing Rendez-Vous

June 4, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://youtu.be/V8Ip-tEApRs

Rendez-Vous is an album of instrumental electronic music composed and produced by Jean Michel Jarre, and released on Disques Dreyfus, licensed to Polydor, in 1986. It is his fifth overall studio album. It sold some three million copies worldwide and remains Jarre’s longest-running chart album in both the USA and UK, with a 20 week run in the U.S. and an impressive 38 week run in the UK. The last track on the album was supposed to have the saxophone part played in outer space by astronaut Ron McNair, but on January 28, 1986 he and the entire Space Shuttle Challenger crew were killed 73 seconds after lift-off when the shuttle disintegrated. In memory, this piece was dedicated to him. On the album the saxophone part is played by saxophonist Pierre Gossez. The album reached #9 in the UK charts and #52 in the U.S. charts.

In April 1986, Jarre performed the large-scale outdoor concert Rendez-vous Houston in Houston, Texas, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Texas, and the 25th anniversary of NASA. The show attracted a then-world record live audience of 1.3 million people. Originally, the track Last Rendez Vous was due to be played by saxophonist astronaut Ron McNair via a live link with the Challenger space shuttle. However, after the Challenger disaster, the concert became a part-tribute to the lost astronauts.

Jean Michel returned to the stage in October for another concert, the Rendez-Vous Lyon, marking the Pope John Paul II visit to Jarre’s hometown.

Jean Michel Jarre talks about mastering

May 23, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Essentials and Rarities – about mastering

Guess this post is pretty self explanatory and Mr Jarre hardly needs any further introductions :-)

Live performance with JM Jarre

May 22, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

The concert dates back to 2007, but it is a nice capture of the synth maestro himself performing Oxygene II. It was first released in France in December 1976, on Disques Dreyfus with license to Polydor. The album’s international release was in summer 1977. Jarre recorded the album in his home using a variety of analog synthesizers and other electronic instruments and effects. It became a bestseller and was highly influential in the development of electronic music. It is Jarre’s first mainstream success, and can be seen as his first real artist album. It has been described as the album that “led the synthesizer revolution of the Seventies.

Enjoy!

A lot of good electro/synthpop songs has come into our SoundCloud player lately, check’em out

May 17, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

There is so much good music out there and very little reaches our ears, that is why we started our SoundCloud player where you as an artist may share your work and promote it in prime position among your peers and electro friends. In the player we have tracks from AfroDJMac, Lebatman, Bears in Nippon and todays contribution from JSD, which is a nice JM Jarre, Tangerine Dreams type of composition, enjoy
Promote your electronic music at Stereoklang by Stereoklang Produktion

New stuff from Jean Michel Jarre – Essentials and Rarities

May 9, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Essentials & Rarities, JM Jarre’s next project will be released on the 30th of May 2011. Here is a video presentation

Jean-Michel Jarre teaser

April 13, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Joachim Garraud rencontre Jean-Michel Jarre à Stuttgart (TEASER)

The voice of Bob Moog

March 22, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

http://vimeo.com/21313998

I had the privilege to take part in the Spectrasonics Tribute project for the Moog Foundation.
Together with 44 fellow sounddesigners like Eric Persing, Hans Zimmer, Richard Devine, Jean Michel Jarre, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jordan Rudess, Jan Hammer, Eddie Jobson, Diego Stocco and others i helped creating a library of 700 patches that use more than 2 GB of unique samples for Omnisphere.
spectrasonics.net/​products/​tribute/​index.php

iMS-20 on iPad: a play on “Oxygene” theme

March 19, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Another proof how much joy 30 minutes with an iPad and Korg iMS-20 can give you. It’s not totally faithful to the original, so JMJ purists please don’t complain :-)

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Synthenoxe Part 1.0 – an Elka Synthex impression

March 14, 2011 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Wavebox2011 has shared this nice JM Jarre inspired video:

Just a quick impression of the Synthex synthesizer in the project studio. The fun-title “Synthenoxe” is a reminiscence of J.M. Jarre’s early studio recordings like Oxygene and Equinoxe. His magnificent sound has inspired my noodling in this video, too.

All the sounds (except for the drums) have been recorded with the Synthex; including the ocean waves and animals in the intro. :-)

While experimenting around with the Synthex, I started recording some audio tracks to the DAW. And I ended up with well over 50 tracks and this demo-video. :-) This synthesizer is such an inspiring machine!

About the synthesizer:

The Synthex is clearly underrated! Maybe because it is not coming from one of the large synth plants in Japan or the U.S.A., but rather surprisingly from an organ manufacturer, the italian company Elka.
Despite this “lack of heritage” the Synthex has an amazing sound and deserves to be named alongside other classic power-synths such as the Jupiter-8 or the Prophet 5.

Sure, Jean-Michel Jarre based his famous laser harp sound on the Synthex – but it’s by far not limited to that cliché.

I looked for an easy way to sync up the Synthex’s internal sequencer to MIDI Clock. The most straightforward way was to hook up a Korg Electribe (ER-1 mkII) to MIDI and have a percussive instrument do the audio triggering of the Synthex. Simple, quite robust and even “programmable” to a certain degree.

Some Synthexes have no MIDI-interface (like the one in the video). But they all have one of the most intuitive sequencers I’ve come across in a classic synth: 4 independant monophonic sequences, easily and quickly recordable in step- or real-time-mode, syncable to an audio trigger.
And if you’re a preset freak, you can even store your sequences along with your sounds as data beeping to a tape-recorder (or another recording device), thanks to the tape-interface. Old school high-tech. :-)

[ to the youngsters: "tapes", often used in the form of "cassettes", is an ancient technology for audio recording, quite popular before digital recording and youtube existed. yes, there was such a time, way way back, right after the dinos and the stone age. believe me, i was there. not with the dinos, but in the tape age. :-) ]

keep on sounding!

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