Jean-Michel Jarre announced “Oxymore” for October

Jean Michel Jarre announced the release of a new album “Oxymoron” which will go on sale on October 22 (Sony Music/Menart). The French composer, who recently celebrated his 74th birthday, will release his twenty-second career album this fall.

Now it is already known that every song on the future album will be accompanied by at least one remix created by different artists, among them are Brian Eno, Nina Kravitz, Armin Van Buurenwhile the first single, „Brutalism“follow a few remixand he did it first Martin Gore (Depeche Mode). Ever since the album “Electronica” there has been a mutual desire for cooperation between Jarre and Gore, which in the end was successfully realized only now.

“Brutalism”, the single that announced the upcoming album, is a shameless techno banger that is already spinning at the iconic Berlin club, Berghain, which is considered the temple of the music genre.

“It’s definitely a heavier techno track, because my intention was to create an apocalyptic atmosphere, like some kind of big techno bang that has to start with an explosion”explains Jarre.

Jean-Michel Jarre’s twenty-second album is a tribute to the late French composer and cult figure in classical and electronic music, Peter Henry, with whom Jarre intended to collaborate on one of his past albums (“Electronica”). During his studies, as a member of the Groupe de Recherche Musicales (GRM), Jarre singled out Henri as his greatest role model. After Henri’s death (2017), his widow gave permission for Jarre to use some of the material that was intended for collaboration on a future Jarre album. In this way, “Oxymore” is conceived as a musical journey where the sounds of Pierre Henri interact with Jarre’s world, back and forth between analog and digital sounds.

Another inspiration for the album “Oxymore” is the French art movement “concrete music”, who created a distinct genre that uses recorded sounds as the basic raw material to create a composition. This movement originated in the 1940s and has continued to evolve and change the way music is produced. Jarre reinvents it with the tools of today.

“Oxymore” is conceived as a studio piece of music that will be presented in a multi-channel and 3D binaural version, a revolutionary way in which music is composed, mixed and recorded, where sounds and textures are everywhere in a 360-degree space, in order to created a visual and sound experience in virtual reality, which can be followed through the VR world, Oxyville, a visual companion to the music album. “Oxymore” is in fact the first commercial release of this type that raises the future of music audio recording to a completely new level in which the author’s electronic composition is displayed within the system of comprehensive media (immersive media), i.e. 360-degree cinematographic video in the system of virtual reality (VR )

“Oxyville is the name of a virtual music city, and my idea is to invite other artists to be its residents in the future, to create different events and masterclass lectures. I want, like in the gaming world, Oxyville to become a sandbox for new musical experiences”explains Jarre, who is no stranger to using VR and the metaverse in his musical performances, such as they were „Welcome To The Other Side“, a revolutionary live broadcast of his concert from the virtual space of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. “Welcome To The Other Side,” broadcast on New Year’s Eve 2021, attracted a record audience of 75 million viewers worldwide, including television, various online platforms and VR, according to Pollstar, an American tour and live performance publication. .

An early version of the album, still in the making, had its successful rehearsal within the walls of the Maison de la Radio in Paris, where a group of selected fans were asked to close their eyes and immerse themselves in a space where audio sound is spread in 360 degrees. This unusual performance was streamed live through the social VR platform and praised by VR experts as one of the most innovative VR music performances ever.

“Oxymore” is an attempt to illustrate and explore new ways of connecting technology and music. Today’s technologies allow us to explore the composition in spatial audio, which opens up completely new experiences in the creative process for us musicians, and offers the experience of a more natural and physical way of listening to sound. In real life, our audio field is 360 degrees, and with the new album I feel that the stereo mix itself has gained in width. I am convinced that this is how music will be composed and produced in the future. This one is a huge emotional jump for every listener, like when we switched from mono sound to stereo”said Jean-Michel Jarre.

OXYMORE will appear, in addition to digital format (and binaural version), on CD and LP format.

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