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March 27, 2017

Jean Michel Jarre – Equinoxe (1978) – Lp

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Jean-Michel Jarre (born Jean-Michel André Jarre; 24 August 1948) is a French composer, performer, and record producer. He is a pioneer in the electronic, ambient, and new-age genres, and known as an organiser of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Jean Michel Jarre
Title:  Equinoxe
Year:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  Polydor Records
Catalog# 2344120

Équinoxe (English: Equinox) is the fourth studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre, released in December 1978 on the Disques Dreyfus record label, with license to Polydor.

Jarre had developed his sound, employing more dynamic and rhythmic elements, particularly a greater use of sequencing on basslines. Much of this was achieved using custom equipment developed by his collaborator Michel Geiss. The album is presented as two suites of music, each consisting of 4 parts and taking up one side of the vinyl release of the album. The separate tracks on the record smoothly segue into each other to this effect.

As the follow up album to Oxygene, Equinoxe offers the same mesmerizing affect, with rapid spinning sequencer washes and bubbling synthesizer portions all lilting back and forth to stardust scatterings of electronic pastiches. Using more than 13 different types of synthesizers, Jarre combines whirling soundscapes of multi-textured effects, passages, and sometimes suites to culminate interesting electronic atmospheres. Never repeating the same sounds twice, it is obvious that the science fiction hype of the late 70’s played a large part in the making of this album. Computerized rhythms and keyboard-soaked transitions scurry by, replaced by even quicker, more illustrious ones soon after. There is always a pulsating beat or a fluttering tempo happening somewhere in each of the tracks, which are titled as a numbered sequence one to eight. Each track harbors its own energy and electronic fleetness, but none are identical in sound or pace. So much electronic color is added to every track that it is impossible to concentrate on any particular segment, resulting in waves of synth drowning the ears at high tide.

 

Side one
1.  Equinoxe Part 1  (2:15)
2.  Equinoxe Part 2  (5:10)
3.  Equinoxe Part 3  (5:35)
4.  Equinoxe Part 4  (7:30)

Side two
1.  Equinoxe Part 5  (3:50)
2.  Equinoxe Part 6  (3:30)
3.  Equinoxe Part 7  (8:10)
4.  Equinoxe Part 8  (5:00)

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