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OXYMORE

Jean-Michel Jarre

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‘Virtual reality applied to sound’ is the theme for the insatiable Jean-Michel Jarre’s 22nd album with Sony. Conceived in 3D spatialised audio, the record conjures up some extraordinary sensations, with sounds coming from every direction. Credits are shared with Pierre Henry, the French pioneer of musique concrète, known for his avant-garde hit ‘Psyché Rock’. Both Henry and Jarre have history with Pierre Schaeffer, the founder of GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales de l’ORTF), where the first French electronic music experiments took place. Pierre Henry was never part of the GRM, carrying out his experiments in parallel, but he was still very close to Schaeffer in the 50s.


Jarre worked an internship at GRM during the late 60s, where he idolised Shaeffer. A collaboration between Jarre and Henry had been suggested in 2015 for the album Electronica, but Pierre Henry’s faltering health and subsequent death in 2017 meant that the project never came to fruition. Nevertheless, Henry left a series of sounds to Jean-Michel Jarre, which he used to create Oxymore - a tribute to the late composer, whose signature sound becomes apparent right from the first track. This is a pretty catchy record, Jarre clearly deciding to make the most of the kick pedal on ‘ZEITGEIST’ and ‘BRUTALISM’. The influence of musique concrète is plainly evident, with lots of Pierre Henry-esque noises swirling through the tracks. The fusion of these two electronic pioneers is enjoyable (though inevitably unbalanced), with excellent highlights such as the meta-disco ‘SONIC LAND’ and the trippy ‘SYNTHY SISTERS’: tracks where Jarre sounds like he’s having more fun than ever before. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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AGORA
00:01:34

Jean-Michel Jarre, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Henry, Composer

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OXYMORE
00:04:45

Jean-Michel Jarre, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Henry, Composer

(P) 2022 Music Affair Entertainment Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

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NEON LIPS
00:04:27

Jean-Michel Jarre, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Henry, Composer

(P) 2022 Music Affair Entertainment Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

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SONIC LAND
00:06:01

Jean-Michel Jarre, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Henry, Composer

(P) 2022 Music Affair Entertainment Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

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ANIMAL GENESIS
00:05:46

Jean-Michel Jarre, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Henry, Composer

(P) 2022 Music Affair Entertainment Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

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SYNTHY SISTERS
00:03:20

Jean-Michel Jarre, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Henry, Composer

(P) 2022 Music Affair Entertainment Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

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SEX IN THE MACHINE
00:05:45

Jean-Michel Jarre, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Henry, Composer

(P) 2022 Music Affair Entertainment Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

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ZEITGEIST
00:03:06

Jean-Michel Jarre, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Henry, Composer

(P) 2022 Music Affair Entertainment Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

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CRYSTAL GARDEN
00:04:09

Jean-Michel Jarre, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Henry, Composer

(P) 2022 Music Affair Entertainment Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

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BRUTALISM
00:04:41

Jean-Michel Jarre, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Henry, Composer

(P) 2022 Music Affair Entertainment Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

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EPICA
00:05:25

Jean-Michel Jarre, Composer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2022 Music Affair Entertainment Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH

Album Description

‘Virtual reality applied to sound’ is the theme for the insatiable Jean-Michel Jarre’s 22nd album with Sony. Conceived in 3D spatialised audio, the record conjures up some extraordinary sensations, with sounds coming from every direction. Credits are shared with Pierre Henry, the French pioneer of musique concrète, known for his avant-garde hit ‘Psyché Rock’. Both Henry and Jarre have history with Pierre Schaeffer, the founder of GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales de l’ORTF), where the first French electronic music experiments took place. Pierre Henry was never part of the GRM, carrying out his experiments in parallel, but he was still very close to Schaeffer in the 50s.


Jarre worked an internship at GRM during the late 60s, where he idolised Shaeffer. A collaboration between Jarre and Henry had been suggested in 2015 for the album Electronica, but Pierre Henry’s faltering health and subsequent death in 2017 meant that the project never came to fruition. Nevertheless, Henry left a series of sounds to Jean-Michel Jarre, which he used to create Oxymore - a tribute to the late composer, whose signature sound becomes apparent right from the first track. This is a pretty catchy record, Jarre clearly deciding to make the most of the kick pedal on ‘ZEITGEIST’ and ‘BRUTALISM’. The influence of musique concrète is plainly evident, with lots of Pierre Henry-esque noises swirling through the tracks. The fusion of these two electronic pioneers is enjoyable (though inevitably unbalanced), with excellent highlights such as the meta-disco ‘SONIC LAND’ and the trippy ‘SYNTHY SISTERS’: tracks where Jarre sounds like he’s having more fun than ever before. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz

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